An accident early yesterday morning involving a pedal cyclist and a car (wagon) PKK 3831 has left a 61-year-old Linden man dead, and his wife and family totally devastated.
Dead is Carl Bentick, of 1194 Amelia’s Ward, Linden, who was on his way to work on his bicycle at approximately 7:30 hrs, when he was hit from behind by a car on the Linden Highway, in the vicinity of the Old Guyana Stores building.
The car was reportedly speeding.
Some reports indicated that the car that hit Gilbert skidded some 120 yards after and seemed out of control.
According to the man’s wife, Joy Gilbert-Bentick, her husband had left her only a few minutes earlier.
Scores of persons converged at the scene of the accident, to view the man’s badly mangled body. A pool of blood congealed in the early morning sun where his body lay. His bicycle, or what was left of it, was pitched clear over the parapet and nearby drain.
Joy Gilbert was inconsolable. “Ow God, is why you do me dis?” she wailed over and over. “Is wha they gon tell me now? That he was drunk, and ride in de path o de car? That is what they does always seh, when de knock down big people; that he been under the influence o alcohol? Oh God is 34 years we together.”
Gilbert said that she received a call from a friend, informing her about the accident, and that she immediately called her husband’s mobile phone, but a friend of his, answered. “So I seh is wheh Carl, and he said is who, so I seh Joy, and he seh wait, I gon call yo back. Right away I start shiver, and I ask he wha happen to Carl, and he seh he get knock down by Guyana Stores”.
Gilbert added that her husband had gone to work by car on the two days preceding his death, but yesterday opted to ride his bicycle.
The distraught woman, between sobs, related that one of her sons got killed on the one Mile Public road in 1983. He was seven years old at the time.
Two children who were recently killed on that very road were buried last Wednesday. Like Carl Bentick, the children were riding a bicycle when they met their demise.
This latest fatality has led a few persons to point out, “Riding a bicycle on these Linden roads with these speeding drivers is a dangerous thing to do!’
That sentiment was echoed repeatedly.
In recent years quite a few pedal cyclist have lost their lives on the roads here. Almost half a dozen, were children.
Residents have time and again expressed dissatisfaction, with the way many motorist here use the roads.
“Some o dem does think de deh pon de Timehri racing circuit”, persons would often comment, after a vehicle would fly past.
Carl Bentick was a quiet, easy going person, and never rode his bicycle fast, according to his niece Keisha Bentick. She said she saw him two weeks ago. Bentick leaves to mourn his wife and several children. He was a construction worker.
The driver of the car that killed him, is a well known mechanic in the Amelia’s Ward Area. He was taken into police custody and is assisting with investigations.
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