Berbice recorded it first road fatality just two days into the new year when the life of Rajkumar Basdeo, called Roy, 47, of 25 Line Path Skeldon, Corentyne, was snuffed out by an alleged speeding drunken driver.
The driver fled the scene leaving the injured Basdeo, his vehicle and Basdeo’s motorcycle that he was riding at the time of the accident behind.
According to information, around 19:35 hrs Basdeo was riding a 100cc motorcycle CD 7055 along on the Number 78 Public Road.
Motor van GMM1564 was heading in the opposite direction at a fast rate when the driver, while trying to overtake another vehicle, collided head on with the motorcyclist (who it is understood died on the spot).
The driver of the motor van reportedly abandoned his vehicle and fled the scene.
Basdeo was eventually picked up and rushed to the Skeldon Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
According to the dead man’s wife, Heerawattee Ramrattan, 35, called ‘Dolly’, she and Basdeo has been living together for about six years. She said that her husband works in Cayenne and repairs boats.
“He does spray painting and fiber glass and other work on the boats. She said that he would come home on a fortnightly basis and had only returned home recently to spend the Christmas and New Year’s with his family and was scheduled to leave on Monday (yesterday).
The distraught woman, who has two children from a previous relationship, said that her husband had left to go out and transact some business and to tie up some loose ends before he leaves. At the time, he was riding his brother in law’s motorcycle, when tragedy struck.
His wife stated that she never knew that her husband died until after 11pm in the evening from a neighbour. He sustained injuries to his right foot and head.
Kaieteur News understood that at the time of the accident Basdeo was riding his brother in law bike. It is understood that popular businessman, Sugrim, called Chinee, who it is alleged was driving the van, called the home of the deceased.
Not knowing exactly who it was that was involved in the accident, the caller informed a member of the home that he had just struck down someone from the home and that he doesn’t want any police story.
The family member said that the man promised to compensate the family.
Basdeo’s brother-in-law, Veda Anand Persaud, unknowing to any one in the house immediately left the premises and headed to the Skeldon Hospital where his worst fears were confirmed.
Kaieteur News understand that Ramrattan’s previous husband, Tribowan Persaud Totaram, the father of her two previous kids died around June last year after he was found impaled in some steel rod in the Seldon area.
The woman remarked that she has encountered another tragedy in a short while.
Basdeo is survived by three elder siblings who are overseas. The vehicle and motorcycle have been impounded at the Skeldon Police station.
Kaieteur News understand that late yesterday afternoon an individual turned up at the police station and claimed that he was the driver of the motor van.
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