“Look out for the little ones” on roadways – grieving mother of dead 12-year-old
EBE fatal accident
Reshma Ramroop, a mother of two, is calling for justice after the younger of her children was struck down and killed by a pickup on Tuesday afternoon.
Varshanie Ramroop, a 12-year-old student of the Greenwich Park Primary School, met her demise at around 15:15h when she was struck by the vehicle as she was crossing the road at Farm, East Bank Essequibo (EBE). At time of the horrific accident, the girl was heading home from lessons.
The child’s grieving mother related on Wednesday that she was informed of the incident by her niece.
“Her cousin said that she was crossing the road…and all of a sudden a vehicle came, and like when she saw the vehicle she tried to run or something, and the vehicle just hit her. I don’t know if it was trying to overtake,” the mother explained.
The mother described her daughter as “hardworking and very adorable”.
“I was hoping for the best for her…that’s my baby. It’s really hard, I can’t explain it. She [Varshanie] was telling her friends them how she wants to make her mother proud,” Reshma recalled.
“She was so good at everything, was very bright, she was very tough in her exams… Last year, during COVID, my son wrote National Grade Six [NGSA] and he got Bishops’ High, and I was hoping for the best for her,” Reshma explained.
Amid all her grief, the woman is calling on road users, especially drivers, to be more cautious and considerate of pedestrians.
“Look out for the little ones, try to assist and help. I can’t express my feelings enough, the pain is still here; but I am appealing to parents and road users: beware of speeding vehicles, because we don’t know what can happen next,” the grieving Reshma has said.
The Police have said a notice of intended prosecution has been served on the driver of motor pickup GXX 7522, a resident of Windsor Estates, East Bank Demerara (EBD).
Noting that charges against the suspect will not bring back her daughter, the grieving mother is still demanding that the full force of the law be meted out against the man responsible for her child’s death.
“I want justice! I want justice for my child, because she done pass away and I can’t get nothing more, just the justice. I need justice from the Commanders and the big ones. Also, I’m appealing that the Minister of Education can put a part in this and help me out with the situation, cause it’s a really tough situation.”
Reports have indicated that the girl had just disembarked a minibus, and was in the process of crossing the road when she was struck down by the motor pick-up. As a result of the collision, she fell onto the road surface and received severe head injuries. She was picked up in an unconscious state and escorted by Police to the Leonora Cottage Hospital, where she was pronounced dead on arrival.