A 12-year-old schoolboy died when a reportedly drunk driver hit him yesterday morning. The driver who was
said to be with friends who were equally inebriated, slammed into the child who was exiting a taxi to enter his residence, located just off La Union Public Road, West Coast Demerara (WCD).
Dead is Isaiah Khan, a former student of Windsor Forest Secondary School, and resident of Lot A La Union Public Road, WCD.
According to the dead child’s father, James Khan, who witnessed the accident, the youngster reportedly followed his “two sisters” to the West Demerara Regional Hospital around 23:00 hours Tuesday night, after one sister had suffered an asthma attack.
When the siblings returned home in a taxi shortly after midnight yesterday, Khan said that the driver of the hire car stopped on the “parapet” at the front of his residence, to allow his children to exit the vehicle safely away from the traffic on the public road.
Khan said that the impact hurled his son at least “100 yards” away from the taxi’s stop off-point, splattering the child’s brain “all over the road and in the drunk driver’s vehicle”.
“The taxi stopped right in front my house on the parapet to put off my children. I see my two daughters come out the car first, and my son was making his way out the vehicle. This thing happen so fast. The next thing I see is my daughters jump aside in the bush and a car come with speed and knock my son when he was now coming out de vehicle. He pitch so far, more than 100 yards from where the taxi stop. He get mash up real bad; he look like he split in half,” Khan related.
The tearful Khan, who is currently seeking justice for his son’s death, alleged that the “drunk driver of the vehicle was accompanied by four other drunk friends, one of whom is the Prosecutor at the Vreed-en-Hoop Magistrate’s Court.”
After his son was struck dead, Khan said that the driver of the vehicle, identified as “Devon”, proceeded to knock down a dog at the junction of the “Old La Union Public Road” and current La Union Public Road, before he collided with a boulder which brought the vehicle to a standstill.
Khan said that he immediately rushed to the drunk driver’s vehicle to identify the occupants inside. To his surprise, Khan said that he found the occupants discarding “Guinness bottles” into a nearby trench.
Khan is arguing that police ranks attached to the Vreed-en-Hoop Police Station have “close connections with the drunk driver” and are not giving him the justice he requires.
“The police come and they didn’t even take out pictures of the accident. They collect the vehicle and lodge it at the station. I give them statement and they didn’t tell us back anything. I personally believe that they want this story to duck but I will die behind it. God will give my son justice,” Khan said.
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