Feb 13, 2012 News
– family furious after victim left in car for three hours
A 36-year-old sales representative was killed and his best friend seriously injured in a gruesome, two-vehicle collision at Little Diamond, East Bank Demerara early yesterday morning.
But the dead man’s relatives believe that he might have survived if traffic ranks had taken him to the Diamond Hospital which was less than a minute away from the scene.
Instead, the victim, Jude Thomas, of Diamond, East Bank Demerara, was left in the mangled car for three hours until mortuary attendants came to take his body away.
Thomas’ relatives are also furious that the police kept his severed foot in the vehicle at the Golden Grove Police Station, instead of allowing the porters to take the limb with the body to the mortuary.
Thomas, who was employed at Associated Industries Limited (AINLIM) for several years, sustained multiple injuries after the car which his close friend was driving collided with a Princess Hotel taxi sometime after midnight yesterday. One of his feet was severed at the ankle. Thomas is married and also has a 12-year-old daughter and a six-year-old son.
The driver, Andrew Paddy, who is Thomas’ best friend and neighbour, has been admitted to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) in a critical condition. Kaieteur News understands that he sustained two broken ribs, and a punctured lung among other injuries.
Relatives said that doctors were preparing him for surgery and would then transfer him to the Intensive Care Unit.
The other driver, identified as Steve Duncan, sustained minor injuries to one of his legs. He was detained at the Golden Grove Police Station but was subsequently released on his own recognizance.
Thomas’s brother, attorney-at-law George Thomas, told Kaieteur News that the two friends were heading home from Georgetown when the tragedy occurred. The vehicle, a Toyota Carina, belongs to Paddy’s father.
Kaieteur News understands that the taxi driver has told police that the vehicle Thomas and Paddy were in swerved into his lane, causing them to collide head-on. He reportedly claimed that he saw two lights from one vehicle heading to Georgetown and a second pair of lights heading into his lane.
The attorney said that they received news of the tragedy after someone at the scene looked into the vehicle and saw a card with phone numbers. They then contacted Paddy’s relatives, who then contacted the Thomas family.
When Kaieteur News arrived at the scene some three hours after, the sales driver’s body was still in the vehicle, while police ranks, several onlookers and the victim’s distraught relatives stood nearby. A hearse from Lyken Funeral Parlour eventually took the body away. However, the vehicle, with the severed foot inside, was towed to the Golden Grove Police Station.
The limb was eventually removed.
“The accident happened after 12:00 (midnight).The man (Jude Thomas) was 20 seconds from the hospital, and after three hours was not moved,” an angry George Thomas said.
“They didn’t have to cut him out, just pull him out. He’s an active member of the Diamond Community Policing Group; he’s known to all of the policemen on the East Bank of Demerara.”
Thomas is also peeved at the way his brother’s remains were handled by the police, who had the damaged car towed away with the severed limb still inside.
“The police left the (severed) foot in the car and we couldn’t take the foot to Lyken (Funeral parlour) until the cops did what they had to do…we had to tell them not to desecrate my brother.”
There is also some controversy over the treatment that the victim’s friend, Andrew Paddy, received at the Diamond Hospital.
Kaieteur News was told the badly injured Paddy was merely given an injection and then discharged from the hospital. Relatives then took him to a private hospital in Georgetown. However, the staff there indicated that the hospital did not have the facilities to treat Paddy, and he was then transferred to the GPHC.
“ Kudos to the doctors there who recognized that he had massive internal injuries,” attorney George Thomas said.
He added that his brother’s wife, Rayanne Thomas, is devastated.
“The 12-year-old daughter is also distraught. The six-year-old son doesn’t understand. He’s talking about Christmas gifts.”
Mr. Thomas said that his brother and Andrew Paddy were such close friends that people often referred to them as “Mutt and Jeff.” He also disclosed that he once employed Paddy as his driver.
According to the attorney, Paddy’s relatives are blaming themselves for the tragedy.
“The family feels responsible. They are full of remorse; but I don’t blame Andrew, I blame the people that left my brother in the car for three hours. This is a citizen who pays taxes. Had they done the simple thing and taken him to the hospital and he had died there, I could have considered it closure. They have left us without closure. I am seriously contemplating taking legal action.”
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