Inquest commences into 2018 death of teen cyclist

Almost two years after 17-year-old labourer Ricardo James, of Good Faith Public Road, East Coast Demerara (ECD), was killed after he allegedly rode into the path of a speeding minibus, a Coroner’s Inquest has commenced into his death.
The inquest (an investigation as to the cause of death) commenced before Magistrate Marissa Mittleholzer at the Mahaicony Magistrate’s Court on Friday.
Some of the witnesses expected to testify into the matter include Guyana Police Force (GPF) ranks Constable David Blair, Constable Maurice Smith, Corporal John Walcott, Sergeant Patrick Benjamin and Sergeant Charlene Nedd.
In addition, Lawrence Madray and Brian James of Moruca, Region One (Barima-Waini); Allison Thomas of Recess, Mahaicony, and Randolph Bowen of La Raisonable, Mahaicony are expected to deliver testimonies.
This newspaper had previously reported that on July 30, 2018, minibus, PTT 5273, was proceeding west along the roadway while the teenage cyclist of Lot 12 Recess Village, Mahaicony, ECD was heading East.
Reportedly, the young man swerved into the path of the bus and collided with the front left side. As a result, the front wheel of the cycle was dislodged, resulting in the young man falling to the roadway where he sustained severe head injuries.
Moreover, he was picked up in an unconscious state and rushed to the Mahaicony Cottage Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.