– driver dies after veering into canal
A 27-year-old man, who was returning home from a colleague’s wake, lost his life early yesterday when he crashed into a utility pole on the Belle Vue Public Road, West Bank Demerara (WBD).
The accident occurred shortly after 03:30 hrs.
Dead is Dominic Fabian King, a Wales Sugar Estate operator of Lot 33 Vive-La-Force, WBD.
The police in a statement said that King was riding motor cycle, CH 1556 in a southern direction when he lost control of the bike and crashed into a utility pole.
He was rushed to hospital and pronounced dead a few minutes later.
The man’s mother, Iris King, said that her eldest son woke her up and informed her that his sibling had met with an accident and that he was lying on the Belle Vue Public Road.
“My (eldest) son said that people refuse to take him (the sibling) to the hospital and he was left lying there for a long time until a bus pass and drop him to the hospital,” a traumatized King said.
She said that when she reached the West Demerara Regional Hospital, a doctor told her that the 27-year-old was brain dead.
She told the doctor that she needed a second opinion and called for an ambulance to transfer him to another medical facility.
“He died just before the ambulance reached,” the woman said.
King said that her son had borrowed the motorcycle from a friend to go to a colleague’s wake a few villages away.
She recalled around 18:30 hrs on Saturday, she was washing clothes and asked her son to cut a pole. When he finished, he informed his mother that he was going to look at cricket in another village.
“I told him not to go with his brother’s bike because he has to go to work but his brother said no so he eventually went with the bike,” King recalled.
She claimed that her son returned a few minutes later and parked his brother’s bike and told her that he wanted to attend the wake but he was not too sure if he would be going.
“He left home to go at a shop (to lime) and he didn’t come back and I eventually went to bed. But the man, whose bike he borrowed, said that Dominic told him that he wanted to go to the wake for two hours and he would come back.
“The man said that he didn’t want to lend him the bike but he eventually did.”
King leaves to mourn his parents and five siblings.
Meanwhile, around 22:20 hrs Saturday night 27-year-old John Force of Lot 17 Supply Mahaica, East Coast Demerara died in an accident on the Ann’s Grove Public Road, ECD.
Forde, who was the driver and lone occupant of motor car PLL 7886, was proceeding east along the road when he lost control and ended up in a southern canal.
He was rescued by public spirited citizens and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation where a doctor pronounced him dead.
Meanwhile, drivers continue to break traffic laws as they go about with their daily lives.
As a result of this, pedestrians, passengers and at times, even the drivers pay the price.
To date, 77 accidents were reported, out of which 81 persons lost their lives.
As of last Friday, six convictions for offences of causing death by dangerous driving were handed down by Magistrates, presiding in the Georgetown Magistrate Courts.
Driving under the influence of alcohol, speeding and inattentiveness were proven to be the causes of fatal accidents.
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