Feb 11, 2019 News
– file for one case sent to DPP
Some might ask who would be so heartless to hit someone with a vehicle, then leave them maimed or even dead.
Police are looking for four such people.
Two of the alleged perpetrators are reported to have fled Guyana.
Though the whereabouts of the other suspects are unclear, it is reported that all of them are men.
Traffic Chief, Linden Isles told Kaieteur News that files in relation to the accidents have been completed and dispatched for advice.
According to the senior police official, the file in relation to the Annandale, East Coast Demerara hit-and-run accident, which claimed the life of 15-year-old Karrchan Khamraj is still with the DPP.
The official disclosed that investigations are still ongoing as police continue efforts to bring the perpetrators to justice.
Brian Basdeo, 21, an auto body technician from Grass Field, Lusignan, East Coast Demerara and his friend were struck down by a car three Saturdays ago on the Linden/Soesdyke Highway.
His friend was badly injured. It is believed that the driver fled the country days after the accident occurred. The car, which was allegedly involved in the accident, was reportedly found in the suspect’s yard at Diamond, East Bank Demerara.
The vehicle, said to be a white Toyota RunX, with evidence of recent damage, has since been impounded by police. It is alleged that surveillance footage shows the young man imbibing at a bar at Soesdyke and later leaving in the same car to drop off a female.
According to reports, Basdeo was steering a car that was being towed for repairs. The friend was driving the other car when Basdeo asked him to stop to investigate an unusual noise that his vehicle was emitting.
While investigating, another vehicle, which was being driven at a fast rate, struck Basdeo, hurling him several feet away. He allegedly died on the spot.
His friend, who attempted to run, was also struck by the speeding car. The driver did not stop to render assistance. The friends were rushed to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre where Basdeo was pronounced dead on arrival. His friend was however, transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital. It was discovered that his left leg was broken in several places.
Meanwhile, the parents of Reaz Shaw, who was left crippled following an accident, is struggling to care for their son. He was badly injured in a hit-and-run accident, which occurred last December, in which his 15-year-old friend Karcchan Khemraj was killed.
Zahida Hussain and her husband, Yacoob Shaw, told Kaieteur News that ever since the accident, Reaz has shown little signs of improvement.
“He showed a little improvement. He is now moving his hands and foot and squeezing the (therapy) ball that he gets from the hospital but besides that, we have to do everything for him; feed him, bathe him, everything,” the lad’s mother related.
The accident occurred on December 9, 2018. Shaw and his friend, 15-year-old Karcchan Khemraj were reportedly heading home from a nearby shop on a pedal cycle, when a speeding white Toyota Hiace ‘Pitbull’ minibus struck them from behind.
The driver of the vehicle did not stop to render assistance. The teens were rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC). Khemraj died while receiving medical attention.
Shaw was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
The damaged minibus was later found covered under a tarpaulin at the back of a bakery owned by a Chinese woman in Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara.
The windscreen was shattered, the number plates were missing, and the left side of the bus was damaged. The bus, which bears registration number GWW 2140, is reportedly owned by Chinese national, C. Wen, who has a store at Lot 10 Vigilance, East Coast Demerara.
The businessman is said to have fled the jurisdiction, but left counterparts, who have since offered to compensate the parents of the deceased boy, with $1.9 M and $300,000 for funeral expenses.
The child’s family has reportedly rejected the offer.
The Shaw family has, nonetheless, not given much consideration to compensation of any sort. Their main focus, at this time, is ensuring their son’s wellbeing. In fact, the family has not spoken to any of the parties involved in the accident on the subject.
“At this point, we don’t think we can accept any amount as compensation because we really don’t know what our son’s hospital bill will come up to or whether he will need to travel overseas to get further help. We don’t know if he will ever be the same as he was before,” the parents said.
Before he met his accident, the Reaz attended the Annandale All Age School. He was studying to be a mechanic. The Shaws have three other children. Reaz is the youngest.
When this publication visited their home, Shaw’s parents related that almost every week, the household spends thousands of dollars on disposable pampers and other materials to care for the ailing boy.
“It is not easy caring for him in this condition. I work in agriculture and I does have to leave my work sometimes to help my wife to tend to him, especially like if he needs to go to the hospital for checkups or therapy. So I am not working like I used to before.”
“Just last week, I took him to the hospital. We got to pay special transportation to take him to Georgetown Hospital.” Mr. Shaw told this publication that family and friends have been reaching out a helping hand.
“We have not been left unassisted by family and friends. In whatever little way they can, they have been helping us out with pampers, wipes and any li’l change they can offer.”
At this point, the Shaws are unsure whether any form of justice will be meted out for their son and his friend.
“We have been checking with the police. We believe that they have been working but they said that they cannot really help us because the suspect has fled the country to somewhere in Suriname.
“We really don’t know how if they will capture him because even the witnesses or people who said they see what happen, stop talking about it now.”
Meanwhile, the police have made no arrests in relation to the accident. They have not even issued wanted bulletins for the suspected hit-and-run driver, although he has been identified.
Traffic Chief, Linden Isles, had however said that police are making diligent efforts to locate him. Recently, Isles was unable to provide any information as it regards to the accident.
The police are also on the hunt for a motorcyclist who fled the scene after he allegedly struck down a 70-year-old man along the Nismes, West Bank Demerara (WBD) Public Road, resulting in his death. Dead is Herbert Caesar, a father of three of Lot 95-96 Nismes Public Road.
According to reports, the incident occurred sometime around 6:45 pm on January 29; Herbert was picked up in an unconscious condition and taken to the West Demerara Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. He was reportedly hit by motorcycle CJ 5283. The rider fled the scene shortly after the accident.
Isles has stated that the suspect is a 19-year-old who had allegedly rented the motorcycle from the owner.
In a press release, the police said that the motorcyclist was proceeding south along the eastern carriageway of the public road, at a fast rate of speed when he allegedly struck down Caesar. It was reported that at the time of his death, Caesar was on his way to a nearby shop to purchase ‘Vicks’ for his son.
A Supply resident also lost his life due to a hit-and-run accident, which occurred on January 1.
The dead man has been identified as 34-year-old Shayne Haynes, of Supply Village, East Bank Demerara.
The accident occurred along the roadway of the said village.
According to reports, the father of two left his sister’s home around 4:00 hrs. As he was walking along the roadway, a speeding car struck him down. The driver fled the scene. So loud was the impact that it woke up neighbours who upon inspection found the man lying on the roadway.
The injured man was rushed to the Diamond Hospital. He was later transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he died while receiving treatment.
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