May 03, 2015 News
The life of a Puran Brothers Waste Management employee was yesterday morning cut short in the First
Avenue, Eccles area. Dead is Deon King, 46, of Lot 109 Best Village, West Coast Demerara. The man was reportedly struck down before being run over by the company’s garbage truck.
Yesterday a small crowd gathered while police officers carried out their investigations.
The dead man’s co-workers who witnessed the freak accident were observed to be in a clear state of disbelief as they fought to maintain their composure.
One co-worker, Charles Washington, in his account of what transpired said that he and King had just emptied a bin. He had gone to replace the bin while King was at the back of the truck signaling the driver to reverse.
Washington recounted that as he was walking back in King’s direction, when in the vicinity of the truck he heard his colleague shouting for the driver to stop. Before the driver could be alerted the man had already been struck down and run over.
Another worker, Eion Williams, said that he was just a short distance away waiting for the truck to empty his bin when he heard his colleague shouting. He said that he saw King lying on the street motionless between the two back wheels of the truck. He had been crushed at the waist. The body was immediately hauled out by Washington, who expressed his disbelief that the man he was just conversing with had died in such a short time. The two described King as a jovial and good workmate.
The driver claimed that he did not see the man at the back of the truck and by the time he was alerted the man had already been crushed. There were also speculations that he (King) might have attempted to ‘jump’ on the truck and slipped before he was crushed.
The man’s mother, Miriam Burke and sister-in-law, Fazila Khan, were escorted to the accident scene by two executive members of the waste management company.
Upon learning of the mishap, Chief Directing Manager of the Company, Lakenauth Puran and the General Manager, Kaleshwar Puran, went to the man’s Best Village home to break the news to his family before escorting them to the scene.
At the scene the two executives stated that King’s death is truly a loss to the company as he was a very “good worker”. King was employed with the company for quite a number of years.
The man’s sister-in-law said that at first she thought that they were looking for King, but instead they were asked to accompany the duo to see King who was involved in an accident. The extent of the man’s injuries was not disclosed at that time.
She said that she suspected something was seriously wrong because of the questions the man’s employers were asking.
“Last night he teasing me; ‘gyal u na stop drink coke’. This morning I called him… About half an hour later the boss men came to the house,” Khan recalled.
At the man’s home, family members they tried to make sense of what had happened. The mother had to be consoled by relatives.
The heartbroken mother said that when she got to the scene she saw her son’s body sprawled on the road and covered with a white sheet, before breaking down into tears.
The man’s reputed wife of four years, Pinky Ganga, also had to be consoled as she recounted her last conversation with her husband.
In tears, she recounted that some 15 minutes before she got the news of her husband’s demise; he had called home, asking her to meet him on the road. She said, “He told me that he would be home to fulfill his box hand and later in the day he will take me to the city to do some shopping for my birthday (today).”
She recalled her husband leaving home for work about 5:30am and when he last contacted her he told her that he had just two bins left to empty. That was the last they spoke as her phone battery died.
“Before anything I received a call by a neighbour who informed me of the incident.”
The man’s older sister, Tehelma Chandler, recalled that upon receiving the news she immediately broke down into tears dropping her mop and aborting her chores.
Cecil Burke, King’s father, recalled seeing his son alive, yesterday afternoon.
King, a member of the Guyana Police Force, Divisional Community Policing Group was the breadwinner who worked two jobs to maintain his family. While serving as a community police, he worked full time with Purans Brothers Waste Management and part-time with the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).
Kaieteur News understands that the company will be absorbing the funeral expenses.
Meanwhile, King’s body was transported to Lykens Funeral parlour, and a woman who found it convenient to rob the dead man of his pink Raz’r cell phone was arrested.
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