One motorcyclist is now dead while another is hospitalised following an accident along Mandela Avenue, Georgetown, on Sunday.
Dead is 20-year-old Calvin Peters formerly of La Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara (WBD), and of Lot 485 East Ruimveldt Housing Scheme, Georgetown, while the injured man is Shemar Pratt.
Based on reports received, at about 17:00h on Sunday, the now dead motorcyclist stopped his bike in the middle of the roadway on Mandela Avenue in the vicinity of the Multilateral Secondary School when Pratt, who was also driving a motorcycle, slammed into him.
As a result of the collision, both riders fell onto the roadway and received injuries about their bodies.
They were then picked up in a semi-conscious state and taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital where Peters was pronounced dead on arrival. Pratt, on the other hand, sustained injuries to his head and lacerations about his body.
When Guyana Times visited the home of the now dead man, his uncle, Dave Canterbury, explained that they were attending a friend’s funeral when his nephew met his demise.
“We went on a funeral and somebody pass and tell me that there was an accident but I didn’t know was me nephew until me brother-in-law come… when he come, he tell me that Calvin just crash up so I tell he let we go the hospital and before I reach the hospital, I call me brother and he tell me that Calvin dead… when I reach the hospital I see me nephew lying on the hospital bed dead,” the uncle stated.
He explained that one of the persons who saw what occurred said that his nephew, who was in front of the funeral procession, stopped his motorcycle in the middle of the road to divert persons attending the funeral through another route. It was then Pratt, who was coming from the opposite direction, collided with him and pitched him off the bike.
“My nephew fly up in the air and land on he head… the other three that went on the two bikes also get injured but I don’t know what happen to them,” Canterbury stated.
He stated that his nephew had no visible injuries.
The now dead man, he noted, left his parents’ home to live with him and two other uncles. While in Georgetown, he worked with Canterbury in the construction business.
“I use to carry he out and do mason wuk… I is a mason so he use to come and work with me…and if he ain’t doing nothing, he does liming in the circle.” Peters, the uncle noted, started to live with them about five months now.
When contacted, his mother, Roxanne Bountrin, told Guyana Times that she last saw her son on Mother’s Day when he visited her.
“He does normally call and find out how we doing and so because he does stay with his uncle to work…on Sunday, I get a call from another brother telling me that Calvin get in accident and he passed away… up to now I don’t have the strength to see him so the father went,” the distressed mother explained.
Peters attended Tucville Secondary School and continued his studies at Rising Stars Academy. His mother described him as a quiet and peaceful young man who did not get into fights.
His body is at the Georgetown Hospital mortuary awaiting a post-mortem. He leaves to mourn his parents, five siblings and other relatives.
Meanwhile, the Police stated that after the fatal incident, none of the two motorcycles that were involved in the accident could be located. An investigation is underway. (G10)