A teenager riding along the Mon Repos School Road, East Coast Demerara (ECD) was killed last evening when a 20-tonne sand-laden truck struck him off of his bicycle.
The victim was identified as 13-year-old Ramo Manoo of 295 Martinsville ECD. Reports reveal that the lad was heading to a Mandir within the street after collecting bananas. The driver, Prabu Dyal Tewari and the truck were taken into police custody at the Beterverwagting Station.
According to the father of the driver, there were two eyewitnesses to the accident and they gave statements to the police.
“The boy was riding a bicycle and there were two cars behind, and he was riding in the corner and wobbling and he fell onto the truck, but the truck did not run over him, but unfortunately he died. I don’t know how the bicycle got entangled with the truck but the back hit him,” the father lamented.
However, residents in the area noted that vehicles would normally speed through the street without care or consideration for bystanders.
The mother of the dead child was inconsolable and blames herself for allowing her son to leave the house to venture onto the road.
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