Barbados-based Guyanese dies after car plunges into trench

Sophia accident

A father of one died on Friday when the car he was travelling in ended up in a trench on Dennis Street, Sophia after the driver reportedly lost control. Dead is Orin Caines, 38, of Lot 214 Block X Liliendaal, Greatercar Georgetown.

According to reports, the car was driven by Derek Wilson and in the vicinity of the Sophia Training Centre ended up in the trench. The car was quickly submerged with Caine strapped in the front passenger seat. Wilson managed to wiggle himself out of the car but unfortunately Caines could not do the same.

Public-spirited citizens who witness the incident plunged into the trench to assist but by the time the Barbados-based Guyanese was pulled from the car, he was already dead. He was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

At the home of the dead man on Saturday, his mother, Rita Caines told Guyana Times that she was at home when a friend told her that her son was involved in an accident and suggested that she visit the GPH.

The woman explained that when she arrived at the hospital, her son was already dead. She noted that the post mortem will be done on Wednesday but from reports received he might have drowned. She last spoke to her son at about 12:00h.

The woman said that her son only returned from Barbados two months ago and fell ill, thus he was at home and not working. His reputed wife and five-year-old son who are in Barbados were informed of his demise.

Initially, there were reports that a child might have been in the car when it plunged into the trench but this was not the case. The only two occupants were the driver and the now dead man.

The aggrieved mother noted that it was hard to lose a child. He was the third and was a very humble and willing individual.

The driver was arrested and is assisting with investigations.

Caines leaves to mourn his mother, son, reputed wife and siblings. (Bhisham Mohamed)