A Staff Sergeant attached to the Guyana Defence Force was killed after he crashed into a parked truck at Camp Stephenson, Timehri, East Bank Demerara.
Dead is Omawale Sibdannie of Mahaica, East Coast Demerara.
Based on reports received, the now dead man was driving his motorcar, and as he took the turn, he crashed into the back of a truck on Thursday. As a result, he sustained head injuries and was pronounced dead on arrival at the Georgetown Public Hospital.
Traffic Chief Deon Moore, when contacted, told media operatives that the crash was not being treated as an accident, since it did not happen on public roads.
Relatives of the dead man are, however upset, since information about the accident is not forthcoming and they called for a thorough investigation to be conducted into the man’s death.
Onika Sibdhannie, sister of the dead man recalled receiving a telephone call from an officer informing her that her brother was involved in an accident and that he was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital. Without hesitation, family members travelled to the hospital but had to wait for three hours before they received information about his condition.
Initially, they were told that that the injured soldier was being treated and as a result, they would not be allowed to see him. “At that time, we were not aware that he had died it was after we started to make enquiries, we were told that he was no more,” the angry sister stated.
Another relative noted that Sibdhannie has been a part of the Defence Force for several years and was not sure the season for the reluctance by authorities to release information on the accident.
He stated that all the information that is being passed on to the family is contradictory and it is based on this that they will seek an audience with the hierarchy of the Force to get some answers as to what really transpired.
An investigation is ongoing.