Motorcyclist, 22, killed after crashing into van at Foulis
A young man died on Saturday morning after his motorcycle crashed into a parked van on the East Coast Demerara (ECD) road and he was left there for nearly an hour.
Dead is Jevon Chappell, a 22-year-old resident of Section D Non-Pareil, East Coast Demerara.
The Guyana Police Force said the accident occurred sometime around 05:00h on Foulis Access Road, ECD.
According to reports, Chappell was proceeding west along the southern side of the Foulis Access Road at a fast rate of speed and whilst negotiating a right turn, he lost control of his bike, CK 648.
This resulted in the motorcycle colliding with the side of a motor van, GJJ 9493, which was stationary on the western grass parapet facing east.
As a result of the collision, the motorcyclist was flung through the window and into the motor van, where he received injuries. It is suspected that the young man died at the scene.
In fact, it was not until 05:55h that an unknown caller contacted the Enmore Police Station to report the accident after discovering Chappell’s motionless body hanging from the window of the van.
The injured man was subsequently was picked up in an unconscious condition and taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) where he was examined by a doctor and pronounced dead on arrival (DOA).
His body was escorted to Georgetown Public Hospital’s Mortuary awaiting a post-mortem examination (PME).
The Police are continuing their investigations.
The Guyana Government, including President Dr Irfaan Ali, has highlighted the need to protect citizens, promote road safety, and improve the flow of traffic by clearing the roadways of all derelict vehicles and encumbrances.
Only last November, the National Enhancement Committee of the Public Works Ministry conducted a clean-up exercise aimed mainly at removing all derelict vehicles, materials and other encumbrances from alongside roadways across the country.
A notice was sent to owners, days prior, to have their derelict vehicles removed before the Ministry’s clean-up team commenced the exercise.
The National Clean-up and Derelict Vehicle Removal Exercise was carried out in accordance with the Laws of Guyana, Section 29 of the Road Act, Cap 51:01 – seizure and disposal of property obstructing road.
Section 29 of this Act directs, “Any property obstructing or damaging a road or canal may be seized and removed by the Road Officer of the district, or by anyone by him thereto authorised in writing, and if it remains unclaimed for fourteen days after notice given to the owner thereof to come forward and claim the property, and pay all damages incurred, it shall be sold, and the proceeds paid to the Accountant General.”