The deaths of 29-year-old Crown Cabs driver, Percival Chester and his female colleague who were killed in Sunday night’s smash-up on Mandela Avenue, have taken the toll for road deaths to 99 for the year, including five for last weekend alone.
Chester of D’Urban Street, and 19-year-old Tiana Holder of Bent Street were pronounced dead at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) around 23:30hrs Sunday night, minutes after Chester lost control of his vehicle causing it to topple a few times before turning turtle in front of Rubis Gas Station on Mandela Avenue.
Twenty nine year-old Yolanda Ghent was identified as the third person in the vehicle. She was discharged from GPHC with minor injuries yesterday morning.
According to reports reaching this publication, Chester and the two young women were heading south on Mandela Avenue after leaving the wake of Vanessa Holder, the slain Crown Cabs dispatcher, when Chester swerved from hitting a mini bus and ended up toppling several times.
Eyewitness, Steven Thompson told Kaieteur News that he had just gotten into his vehicle which was parked in front of the gas station when he heard a loud noise.
“When I hear the noise, I look and see this vehicle coming towards my direction. All I could have done was lower myself in the car and the yellow car hit my car and it spin,” Thompson said.
Yesterday, at the GPHC mortuary, Holder’s mother, Sharon told this newspaper that her daughter left home around 17:00hrs on Sunday to go to church.
“She said that she was going to church and after that she would have gone to the wake,” the older Holder stressed.
In tears, she added that she was told that the driver of the car was attempting to overtake another vehicle when the accident occurred.
Meanwhile, Chester’s wife, Rehana told this newspaper that her husband picked her up from a relative’s home around 22:30hrs on Sunday and took her home.
He promised to return within an hour.
“He said that he was going to Vanessa’s wake and that he will come back within an hour,” the wife said, adding that her husband had asked her to give him a wakeup call at 06:00am the following morning (Monday).
There were five deaths over the weekend.
Two men, Hasib Bulla and Juman Ally were killed early Sunday after a speeding car slammed into them at Meten Meer Zorg and Bimchan Ramphal died on Saturday after he was struck by an alleged speeding and drunk driver on the Public Road at NO. 19 Village, Corentyne.
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