A 23-year-old man was pronounced dead on arrival at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) early yesterday, hours after the car he was driving collided head on with another vehicle at Taymouth Manor, Essequibo Coast.
The accident which reportedly occurred around 22:00 hrs on Saturday has left three other persons, including a Medical Doctor, nursing multiple injuries at the GPHC.
Dead is Delwin Benn, a mechanic of Lot 78 Queenstown Village, Essequibo.
Those injured are the driver of the other car involved in the accident Rodwel Spellen, 34, of Lot 116 Richmond Housing Scheme, Essequibo; Dr. Nany Benons of New Amsterdam, Berbice and Anthony Haynes, 39, of Grove Housing Scheme, Essequibo.
According to information received, Spellen who was proceeding north along the Taymouth Manor Public Road with occupants, Benons and Haynes, swerved from hitting a donkey and ended up colliding with Benn’s car which was heading in the opposite direction.
According to reports, the impact caused Benn to be hurled from his car and he landed face down on the roadway.
At the GPHC yesterday, Benn’s father, Kenroy Semple said that he was at home when he received a call sometime before midnight on Saturday from someone who informed him of the accident.
“I went to the Suddie Hospital and he (Benn) was in theatre. He underwent surgery for more than six hours and this morning (Sunday) he was air-dashed to GPHC.The other three persons who were in the accident came to GPHC by boat,” Semple said.
He added that when his son arrived at the hospital, a doctor informed him that he had already passed away.
Doctor Benon’s sister, Cindy said that her sister who works at the New Amsterdam Hospital left home last Friday to visit one of her friends in Essequibo when she was involved in the accident.
A brother of the other injured person Rodwell Spellen, told this newspaper that his sibling informed him that while driving, he noticed a donkey standing in the corner but as he got closer, the animal ran in front of his vehicle.
“He said that there was a turn in front of him, so he couldn’t see another vehicle approaching him. It was after he swerved from the donkey and was in the other lane then he see the vehicle coming,” the brother said.
Meanwhile, gold miner Leonard Raymond of Micobe, Potaro died in another accident that occurred around 10:00 hrs on Saturday when the vehicle he was travelling in turned turtle as the driver was negotiating a turn in the trail.
According to a police press release, Raymond and four other men were in the tray of a motor pick-up when the accident occurred.
The men were taken to the Mahdia Hospital where the 37-year-old man was pronounced dead on arrival. The others were treated and sent away.
The driver is in police custody assisting with investigations.
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