The horrific smash-up along Greenwich Park, East Bank Essequibo (EBE) on Monday involving a minibus and a truck has claimed yet another life.
Seventy-one-year-old Tella Parhoo died on Friday at about 15:30h while receiving medical attention at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).
Parhoo’s body was subsequently taken to the hospital’s mortuary.
The deadly accident has already taken the lives of 50-year-old Vernon Prowell, the minibus driver of Bent Street, Wortmanville; passengers, Margaret Kennedy, 72, of Tuschen; Olga Reddy, 57, of Parika; and Elvis Charles, 40, of Ruby, East Bank Essequibo.
It was reported that the accident occurred at about 09:30h. The truck at the time was being driven by Ewart Stewart and a minibus by Vernon Prowell.
Reports are that motor lorry GZZ 2285, was proceeding east along the northern side of Greenwich Park Public Road at a fast rate of speed, behind motor car BWW 836, when the driver alleged that the driver of the motor car made a sudden stop to allow a pedestrian to cross the road.
The truck driver further alleged that when this sudden stop was made, he applied brakes and swerved right to avoid a collision with the car, but in the process, he collided with a minibus that was proceeding from the opposite direction.
As a result of the collision, several passengers in the minibus were seriously injured. In addition to the five passengers who died, six other passengers have been admitted patients and are suffering from life-threatening injuries.
They are 21-year-old Shemar Alleyne of Tuschen, EBE; 46-year-old Samuel Ramda of Tuschen, EBE; Selmont Brisport, 64, of Tuschen, EBE; Samuel Ramdas of Ruby Backdam, EBE; and Junior Jack, 25, of Tuschen, EBE.
The impact of the crash also caused a Guyana Power and Light pole to break and fall into a house in the area. However, no one was injured in the home.
Following the accident, the 38-year-old truck driver, Ewart Stewart of Stewartville, West Coast Demerara, was charged with causing death by dangerous driving. He was remanded to prison.