Even as the police are trying to implement more stringent laws for road users, a pedal cyclist has become the latest road fatality following a “hit and run” accident at the corners of Millington Street and Campbell Avenue.
Dead is Trevor Eldon Smartt, 46, called “Sonoboy” of 51 Robb Street, Bourda. He was employed as a butcher in Stabroek Market. Kaieteur News was told that the accident occurred shortly after 18:00hrs.
The police have since arrested the alleged driver of the vehicle.
The vehicle, according to the police, was also impounded as investigations into the matter continue.
The dead man’s sister, Avril Smartt, yesterday told Kaieteur News that her brother left home around 17:00hrs on Tuesday to drop off something at his boss.
The woman said that a neighbour was heading to the University of Guyana when she noticed the accident. According to the sister, her neighbour exited her vehicle to investigate.
Lo and behold when the neighbour walked up to the scene, she saw Smartt lying on the road motionless.
The neighbour immediately contacted relative’s home at Robb Street, and informed them about the accident.
There was a little mix up regarding the name. The dead man’s sister said, “When the neighbour called she said it was my son who was in the accident…but I kept saying no my son just walked out the door…”
The sister said that she rushed to the scene but the police had already removed the body. The woman said she was told by eyewitnesses that when the police removed the body, her brother hardly had a pulse.
At the hospital the sister said one of the traffic ranks accompanied her to the emergency room where she saw her brother lying on the bed.
“His neck appeared to be broken…he really didn’t have plenty cuts…just a few a bruises.”
She described her brother as a quiet person, who worked hard and rarely got into problems.
Another relative who was present yesterday, described the driver of the vehicle as “beastly”.
According to relatives the driver could have dropped Smartt off to the hospital and then go away.
“He is cold hearted….Trevor didn’t deserve to die in this manner…” the relative said.
When this newspaper visited the scene yesterday, few residents who were at home said that the accident occurred around 17:00hrs.
“Dis accident happen bright afternoon…..plenty people went around,” a resident said. One resident explained that the junction where the accident happened is a known spot for accidents.
This newspaper was told that the vehicle was speeding when it struck down Smartt, and sped away.
Further, residents said that one motorcyclist who witnessed the accident started riding behind the vehicle.
However the driver managed to escape, but was caught hours after by the police. Residents in the area expressed the view that they needed a traffic light at the junction to regulate the flow of traffic.
“We definitely need a traffic light there….because plenty accidents does happen there,” the resident said.
Investigations into the matter are still continuing.
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