A five-year-old boy is battling for his life in the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC)’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) following an accident around 09:45 hrs on Sunday at Good Hope, Essequibo.
The injured child is Rewel Roberts, a Good Hope Nursery School student, of Lot 15 Good Hope, Essequibo.
According to reports, Roberts and his grandfather were each riding their bicycle along the Essequibo Public Road in the vicinity of Good Hope when they stopped to allow a car to pass.
“The grandfather told me that an excavator was parked on the road and when they turn back they see a car coming so they stopped to allow the car to pass, because the excavator take over part of the road,” Delroy Barrow, the child’s father said.
He added that he was informed that while his son and father-in-law stood in the corner of the road to allow the vehicle to pass, it struck the child and pitched him into the air.
Barrow said that his son was removed from the road and taken to the hospital by the driver of the car.
The man explained that his father-in-law was taking his son home to get clothes to attend a church service when life took an unexpected turn for the five-year-old boy.
“He was by his grandparents and the grandfather was taking him home by his mother to collect clothes,” the father said.
Rewel Roberts was treated at the Suddie Hospital before being transferred to the GPHC.
“My father-in-law said that the driver was drunk and you could have smelt the alcohol on him, and when they went to the station and asked the police to do a breathalyzer test, the police told them that the breathalyzer machine is not working,” the boy’s father claimed.
He said that his relatives are upset that despite the fact that the driver was under the influence of alcohol when he hit the boy, they wouldn’t be able to prove it in court, since there wouldn’t be any records to confirm their claims.
When Kaieteur News contacted the Commander for ‘G’ Division, Kevin Adonis, for a comment on claims made by Barrow that the breathalyzer machine at the police station was not working, he explained that the entire Essequibo Coast does not have a breathalyzer machine.
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