A Wednesday afternoon collision has landed third form Dora Secondary School student, 15-year-old Richard Paramdeo, aka ‘Black Boy’, and 23-year-old logger, Travis Anthony Simeon’ at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) fighting for their lives.
The teen is said to be on life support, in critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the hospital, while Simeon is recovering from internal injuries, and a jaw that has been broken in three places.
This newspaper understands that Paramdeo had just left school and was making his way to his Lot 192 Kuru Kururu, Soesdyke Linden Highway home on his bicycle when he collided with Simeon’s motorbike. The accident occurred in the vicinity of the Kuru Kururu cemetery.
The teen’s mother, Babita Ramdin explained that she was at the creek washing when her husband got a call that her eldest son had just been in an accident.
The woman related, “Just after 5:00, me husband was at home when he get a call saying Black Boy (Richard) get in accident with a motorbike…So he come and tell me Black Boy get knock down…Then the people call me and seh me gotta hurry-up because the child deh bad”. Paramdeo never regained consciousness.
Tears began to settle in Ramdin’s eyes, as she told this newspaper that people from the area picked up the injured teen and took him to the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) medical outpost at Timehri.
The teen was then transferred to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre, before being transferred to the ICU of GPHC.
One of the child’s relatives related that although he has been responding to touch, there is still a 50/50 chance that the youth will not make it. His visibly upset mother kept saying “he deh real bad”.
This newspaper understands that the child suffered a few broken bones, and severe head injury.
Meanwhile, lots of family members and friends flocked Simeon’s bedside in the male surgical ward at GPHC. The injuries he sustained to his face made it difficult for him to speak. He was forced to place a towel over his face, in order to hide the disfigurement of his mouth and jaw.
In his account of what transpired on Wednesday last, Simeon said that he was riding his motorbike along the burial ground road in Kuru Kururu, when he spotted the child on his bicycle. He claims that he paid the child no mind, but then the Dora Secondary School student suddenly swerved into his path, following which everything went blank.
Simeon appeared emotional, and was constantly asking for a report on Paramdeo’s condition.
This newspaper understands that a few children were playing cricket on the road, and they are the only ones who are aware of what exactly occurred on Wednesday afternoon. They are yet to come forward with that information.
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