Motorcyclist dies after colliding with pedestrian at Canal No 1 Polder

A motorcyclist Shaquan Jeremiah Joe lost his life on Monday after the motorcycle he was driving collided with a pedestrian on the public road at Canal No. 1, West Bank Demerara.

Dead: Shaquan Jeremiah Joe

The Police have said that the 21-year-old Joe was driving motorcycle CL 9686 at a fast rate of speed along the access road at Canal No. 1 when the pedestrian walked into his path. In the resulting collision, Joe fell on the roadway and sustained injuries to his head.
Picked up in an unconscious condition by public-spirited persons, Joe was placed in the tray of a motor pickup and was being taken for medical attention at the West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH). However, while the pickup was proceeding with its hazard lights on, in the process of overtaking a long line of traffic, the front right-side portion of that vehicle collided with motor car PAB 5231 in the vicinity of the Versailles turn.
Joe was eventually taken to the WDRH, but succumbed to his injuries while being treated by doctors. His body is currently at the Ezekiel Funeral Home awaiting a post-mortem examination.
Joe’s family members are contending that, following the accident, they are still waiting on the Police to give them details on what would be done to the Police officer who caused the second accident, since they believe it was the second accident that led to Joe’s death.
In fact, they are claiming that they could not locate the vehicles involved in the accident after visiting several Police stations on the West Side. According to Police, the vehicle involved in the accident belong to a Police Constable attached to the Vreed-en-Hoop Police station.
Joe’s family members are also alleging that, up until Thursday morning, they saw the officer who was involved in the accident on duty directing traffic. They are calling for justice to be served.
Contacted on Thursday for information on the accident, Regional Commander Mahendra Siwnarine has said that based on the information he received, when the accident occurred, the now-dead man was in an unconscious state, and had already sustained major injuries.
“The Police vehicle that hit him hit his tyre. That accident was a minor accident…if they claim that they did not see the vehicle at the Police station, the Police vehicle does not have to be at the station. Both parties’ vehicles were already examined by the certifying officer, the scene visited, and the measurements were taken… the vehicles were returned to them,” he said.
The Commander has said the Police would not be investigating the rank for causing death. However, the rank will be investigated for the accident caused after the other party had collided.
“The matter would be sent to the DPP for advice, but based on the status so far, there is no reason to put the Police under close arrest”, he explained.