A hire car driver is currently in police custody assisting with investigations after the vehicle he was driving, HC 2217 and transporting a family of three, slammed into a parked lorry along the Number 58 Public Road just minutes after 7:00 am yesterday.
The accident resulted in a fatality and caused the other occupants to nurse injuries about their bodies, the driver was unscathed.
Dead is Soorojnie Surjraj, of Lot 13 Section A Grant 1305 Crabwood Creek, Upper Corentyne, Berbice. Her daughter Bumika Sukhra is currently at the Skeldon Hospital nursing injuries while mother of the deceased, Raywattie Chanchal sustained a broken leg and has since been transferred to the New Amsterdam Public Hospital from the Skeldon Hospital.
An eyewitness told this publication that she was standing along the road when she noticed the car heading East slowly, then she saw the car suddenly “swoop in and hit the truck at the back and all meh hear is boom and dem start scream in the car.” She disclosed that she immediately ran out together with other residents to assist. According to her, the driver of the vehicle told them that, “he feel sleepy and dozed off, he seh he stop at Number 19 road and tell dem that he feel sleepy and he seh, he wash he face and dem tell he fuh continue drive dat it get lil bit more fun reach home.”
The dead woman’s brother, Vajendra Surjraj, 45, said that he was sleeping when he received the call from his niece, Bumika Sukhra, that they were involved in an accident and that “mommy bleeding to death”.
“I panicked and I went to the hospital. My mother and niece were there but they hadn’t taken my sister out from the car as yet. So I go to 58 Village and same time the hearse come to take her and there I saw she had a big hole on she right breast, she right side face ripped away and she right hand break up.”
Surjraj disclosed that his sister, mother and niece were returning home from the airport after dropping his younger sister off for her flight to New York.
He added that his mother was determined to go to the airport but he never expected such a tragedy. The sister is said to be on her way back to Guyana, since she was able to catch the next outgoing flight.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister’s representative Gobin Harbhajan is furious at the fact that parked lorries remain along the roadways as a hazard to vehicles traversing along the roadway at Number 58 and several other villages.
He stressed that if the truck were not parked along the road the accident “would not have been so serious. The car would have gone in the drain but this thing is serious and it ought to stop.”
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