Parasram Wellington, who was allegedly drunk when the lorry he was driving slammed into a pedestrian and killed him, has been placed on $240,000 bail for several traffic offences.
The 56-year-old Wellington, a driver attached to the Golden Fleece Rice Investment on the Essequibo Coast, was arraigned before Magistrate Esther Sam at the Anna Regina Magistrate’s Court. According to Police Headquarters, Wellington has been charged with driving under the influence, failing to stop after an accident, and failing to render assistance to an injured person.
Wellington pleaded not guilty to all the charges. In relation to the DUI charge, he was granted $200,000 bail. Bail was granted him in the sum of $20,000 each on the other charges. Investigations into the accident are ongoing, and Wellington is likely to be charged with motor manslaughter in the coming days.
Forty-six-year-old Mahendra Kissoon of Lot K, Land of Plenty Public Road, Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) was last Saturday evening killed in a hit-and-run accident involving motor lorry GLL 5654, owned by Golden Fleece Rice Investment. The Police have said that Kissoon and his granddaughter had gone to purchase hotdogs a short distance away from their home. As they were returning home, Kissoon was struck by the speeding lorry. He was tossed into the air and landed on the roadway, sustaining major injuries.
The driver then fled the scene, leaving the victim bleeding on the roadway.
The man’s granddaughter reportedly ran home and alerted family members. Upon arriving at the scene, they picked up the injured man and took him to the Suddie Public Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The lorry driver was subsequently arrested, and the lorry was lodged at the Anna Regina Police Station.(G1)