Mar 28, 2013 News
– colleagues hospitalized
Another road accident on the East Coast of Demerara claimed the life of a Police Detective Inspector, yesterday, and also left two of his colleagues in a critical condition at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation last night.
Mohamed Ali, 48, of Wakenaam and Annandale, East Coast Demerera was yesterday evening pronounced dead on arrival at the Georgetown Public Hospital, while Detective Corporal Roland Beharry, 36, of Mon Repos and Constable Curtis Europe, 28, of Unity Place, Festival City are both being treated for serious injuries they sustained.
The accident occurred on the Strathspey Railway Embankment around 17:00 hours while the trio was reportedly returning from an assignment in another district along the East Coast of Demerara.
According to reports, the car they were travelling in, a Toyota Raum, which was driven by Beharry, crashed into one of the aluminium bridge rails on the embankment.
No other vehicle was involved in the accident and traffic investigators are almost convinced that Beharry lost control of his vehicle while driving at great speed.
From all indications, Ali, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, sustained the full brunt of the impact and suffered severe internal injuries.
The three men were pulled from the wreck and rushed to the hospital but by then it was too late for Ali.
His reputed wife, Raywattie Sewdat and her daughter Sabrina were unaware of Ali’s fate when this newspaper visited their home, hours after the accident.
The woman was dumbstruck when enquiries were made about the whereabouts of her husband.
She told Kaieteur News that he had left the home early yesterday morning after informing her that he and his colleagues were going to Mahaicony to do some work.
Even a neighbour recalled that Ali, who was operating from the Cove and John Police Station, promised to be back home in a few hours.
Sewdat said that she contacted Ali on his cellular phone about 15:00 hours and he informed her that he was on his way home.
She waited and after he did not show up, she decided to call him again; this time she got no answer.
After receiving news that he was in an accident, Sewdat and her daughter, accompanied by her neighbours, travelled to the Georgetown Hospital where her worst fears were confirmed.
There she met with a number of police ranks who had converged at the hospital where they too received the tragic news that the well respected Detective Inspector was dead.
For the 16-year-old Sabrina Sewdat, the death is a severe blow to her since she is scheduled to write the CSEC examinations in a few months.
Last night’s accident brings the road fatality figure on the East Coast of Demerara to six so far for the year.
Police are blaming too many social activities for the recent spate of road accidents.
Recently, Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee told police officers that the work that the Force has been doing to restrict the number of fatal accidents on the country’s roads is not unreasonable.
But Rohee acknowledged that the issue of speeding, inattentive driving and driving under the influence of alcohol has been identified as the principal reasons for the number of traffic accidents that have been occurring in the country.
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