Man dies, woman hospitalised following WCB accident
A pedestrian was killed on Thursday morning, while a female pedal cyclist remains hospitalised after they were struck down by one of two speeding motorcars that were allegedly “racing” along the Number 42 Village Public Road, West Coast Berbice (WCB).
The dead man has been identified as 54-year-old Gregory Stanley, also called ‘Backtoe’, of the Number 42 Village, WCB. The identity of the injured woman is unknown.
Based on reports received, at about 6:30h on the morning in question, Stanley had been standing in the corner of the Public Road waiting to cross when the two motorcars were heading in his direction at a fast rate.
Guyana Times understands that one of the drivers attempted to overtake the other car but forced himself back into his lane after another car was coming from the opposite direction. As a result, one of the drivers allegedly lost control, skidded off the roadway, and slammed into a parked car before hitting Stanley and the female cyclist who was close to him.
Stanley and the injured female were both rushed to the Fort Wellington Hospital, but upon his arrival at the health facility, Stanley was pronounced dead.
Meanwhile, the female was immediately admitted to that hospital for emergency treatment as a result of the severity of her injuries, but was subsequently transferred to the New Amsterdam Hospital.
Traffic Chief Linden Isles, when contacted, confirmed that the two drivers of the motorcars who were involved in the fatal accident were said to have been racing with each other on the roadway.
“Both drivers are in Police custody as investigations into this accident continue. The pedestrian who died, he was trying to cross the road when the accident took place, he died on the spot. Breathalyzer tests were conducted on both drivers and it revealed that they both were above the prescribed limit of alcohol consumption,” the Chief added.
He reiterated that persons should desist from imbibing and operating vehicles on the roadways since it is a traffic offence and an action that could lead to the deaths of innocent persons also.
“Be responsible when using the road. Get a designated driver if you have to imbibe. Alcohol and speed don’t mix, they are a bad combination always”.