Mar 20, 2016 News
The police rank at the heart of a video taken after a vehicular smash up on Thursday, which went viral on social media, is expected to appear in the Providence Magistrate’s Court tomorrow. The accident victim is a taxi driver who had just parked his car to drop off his two children after a day of fun on the sea wall.
Vivian Paul, 38, of 74 Herstelling, East Bank Demerara (EBD), said that he had just parked his car and had gone to the front to examine the bonnet. By that time his children, Vivian Jr., 12, who was celebrating his birthday, and Kevin, 10, were walking towards the house.
Paul said that as he was throwing water into the engine he suddenly saw a car come speeding behind his car and then he felt a great impact. Paul recalled that he could see his car from an upturned view as he flipped over several times into the air.
Paul stated that he lost consciousness afterwards. He had a few lucid moments until he regained full consciousness as he was being assisted to a vehicle to take him to the hospital. He recalled that a large crowd had formed on the road by then.
“I just praise God that my sons were out of the car, because they would have been injured,” a thankful Paul said afterwards. Paul also related that it was yesterday that police came and eventually took a statement from him.
Kaieteur News also spoke to a resident who actually witnessed the accident. According to the resident, he saw Paul’s children exit his car and then Paul came out and went to the bonnet to check on something. He related that as Paul was throwing water, a car, which was speeding, slammed into the back of the car.
The eyewitness related that the transmitted impact sent Paul somersaulting into the air, until he landed approximately fifteen feet from the point of impact, on someone’s bridge. He stated that he moved to get a closer look and saw that the car was driven by a policeman in uniform. However, he stated that the large crowd which gathered around the police officer obscured his vision.
This publication was also able to view video footage taken of the officer after the accident. In the video, he can be seen
exchanging words with a large crowd surrounding his vehicle. The crowd, for its part, made statements like, “He drunk” and “He is a disgrace to his uniform”.
The rank could be seen smiling and laughing and even referencing $5M which he had available. It is unclear what the ranks’ immediate actions were after the video ended.
Yesterday, Senior Superintendent Ashram, Officer in Charge of Traffic at Brickdam, confirmed that the matter is being investigated and that the rank, whom he identified as Barnwell, has been under close arrest since the night of the accident. Ashram also said that the matter will be before the Providence Magistrate’s Court tomorrow.
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