A 21-year-old policeman was among two persons killed on Emancipation night when the motorcycle he was riding collided with another on the Diamond, East Bank Demerara Access Road.
Constable Andrew Forde, of Lot 194 Section C, Block Y, Diamond, died on the spot while the other motorcyclist, Stanley Adams, succumbed while receiving treatment at the Diamond Diagnostic Centre.
Adams, a Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) security guard of Lot 480 Golden Grove, EBD was heading to work when the accident occurred.
According to information received, Forde who was heading east along the Access Road, collided with Adams after he tried to overtake a vehicle and ended up in the same lane with the security guard who was heading in the opposite direction.
Both men were rushed to the Diamond hospital but the policeman was pronounced dead on arrival. The 48-year-old security died while preparations were being made to transfer him to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).
Yesterday, at the policeman’s home, his mother, Denise Bristol, a teacher at the Richard Ishmael Secondary School was devastated. She said that it is difficult for her to cope with the death of her only child.
“I don’t know what to say. I was at home when a police knocked on my door and informed me that my son died in an accident. What they say happened, I cannot remember,” the mother said.
Fighting to hold back tears, she said that her son, who was attached to the Brickdam Police Station, came home from work a little after 20:00 hrs on Friday and they had talked for a while.
“He was telling me that he shot a thief yesterday (Friday)…He said that the man was going to run away and he shoot him. So I asked if they would charge him because he discharged a round, and he said that he doesn’t know and that when he go to work tomorrow (yesterday) then he will know what action will be taken,” a devastated Bristol recalled.
She added that following the conversation her son left to purchase something to eat.
In despair, she related that she had waited up for her son and had anticipated greeting him on his return. Instead a policeman visited the home, bringing news of her son’s death.
“He does normally go out to get things to eat in the nights and I does normally stay up and wait for him but I was tired and I took a nap and then I heard someone knocking on my door and I thought it was him,” the mother said.
“I never expected he would die like this…but I was expecting the unexpected in his line of duty,” the mother said in tears.
Meanwhile, Adams’ wife, Pamela said that it was someone from her husband’s workplace who informed her about the accident.
“He left home around five past nine (21:05 hrs) and a couple minutes after someone called me from his workplace and asked me if he wasn’t going to work and I told the person that he had already left,” Mrs. Adams related.
She said sometime after, the same person called her again and informed her that her husband had been involved in an accident and he was taken to the hospital.
“When I heard about the accident, I thought it was a minor something. I actually thought he fell off his bike and got bruised up but it was when I reach there then I see him dead,” the mother of Stanley Adams’ two children said.
The two damaged motorcycles are at the Diamond Police Station.
Caption: The dead policeman’s mother Denise Bristol
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