A quiet Thursday night became unsettled following a horrific fatal accident which involved two siblings near the Ogle Gas Station on the East Coast of Demerara. While details are sketchy, the parents of six-year-old Grahams Hall Primary School student Sunil Sukhnandan confirmed that their son lost his life in the fatality that occurred just before 18:00h.
His 17-year-old sister, Venesha Sukhnandan, was rushed to hospital in an unconscious state, and is said to be critical. Following the accident, persons began sharing on social media photos from the accident scene, which showed the siblings lying helplessly on the public road. Reports are that as the two children were crossing the road, a vehicle struck them head on. Public-spirited persons rushed the two seriously injured children to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC), where the boy was pronounced dead on arrival. His sister remains hospitalised, reportedly suffering from fractures to her neck and back.
Her father, told Guyana Times that she has to undergo several scans before doctors can comprehend the full extent of her injuries. Meanwhile, the boy’s mother, Radika Narine, was overwhelmed with emotion at the realisation that she had lost her young son. The couple parented seven children at their ocean front home at Sea Dam, Ogle East Coast Demerara.
The father said his son did not attend school on Thursday because of the rain. He added that at about 17:40h, he sent his daughter to purchase some items from a nearby shop, and her brother begged to go with her. The father said he permitted the boy to go, but never could have imagined that his children would encounter an accident.
“I tell them be careful pon de road…when I get the message I was bathing, and when I tidy up and reach out on de road, them gone with them at the hospital,” the father recalled.
The fisherman added that the family had lived in Industry, ECD before taking up residence at the small wooden shack they call home on the Ogle Sea Dam. His wife and daughter would sometimes assist him in selling shrimps. (Shemuel Fanfair)