By Michelle Correia
The incessant need for speed proved fatal early yesterday morning, when the often deadly practice of illegal drag racing ended in a heartbreaking crash that killed Chistopher Baichan,19, of Oleander Gardens.
The crash occurred around 1:50 am on the main road at Sparendaam, East Coast Demerara.
“Investigations revealed that Baichan was an occupant in a motor car that was allegedly being driven at a fast rate, when the driver lost control of the vehicle and collided with a fence. Baichan received injuries and succumbed while receiving medical treatment. The driver was tested and found to be above the legal limit in terms of the consumption of alcohol. He is in police custody assisting with the investigations,” a police press release stated.
Kaieteur news understands that Baichan was among a group of friends who went to a drag racing event in the Le Ressouvenir area on the East Coast of Demerara.
The police had intervened and put an end to the illegal event. However, as the posse left the scene some of the drivers continued with their speeding ways along the main East Coast Demerara carriageway.
Baichan was a passenger in one such vehicle.
According to reports, Christopher Bridgemohan, the driver and owner of the motor car that Baichan was in, was intoxicated and lost control of his car which crashed into the fence.
Baichan sustained severe injuries as a result of the crash.
“That driver was drinking. Chris went in the passenger side and did not put the seat belt on. I think he would’a survive if he had his seat belt on. The impact was loud.”
A neighbour and close family friend of the dead man related that the scene was dismal and made him sick to his stomach.
He told this newspaper that the driver was speeding along the East Coast Demerara Highway and when he was coming around the bend near the Sparendaam Police Station, the car “hit a ‘bump’ in the road which led him to lose control of the car.
Onlookers from the Plaisance area said that the motor car flipped over six times, tossing the passenger Baichan around before he flew out of the window like a projectile, colliding with the concrete wall where he was crushed by the same vehicle he was in.
One of Baichan’s close friends Joanna Mendonca remembers him fondly.
“He was always friendly, always making jokes. If you’re sensitive, he wasn’t the person to be around. He’s dependable, a gem. Truly a great guy, with a heart of gold…”
Chris Baichan is a former Mae’s Secondary School student and a known jet-ski racer, highly regarded in ‘racing circles,’ and has taken part in various regattas over the years in the country.
The driver Bridgemohan is currently is custody.
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