Motorcyclist killed in Mandela Avenue accident

– motor car reportedly breached traffic light

Dead: Martin Samuels

As the road carnage continues on Guyana’s roadways, a motorcyclist was on Friday killed after he was struck by a motor car that breached the traffic lights at the intersection of Nelson Mandela Avenue and Cemetery Road, Georgetown.
The dead man has been identified as Martin Samuels, 33, of Nutmeg Street, Festival City, North Ruimveldt, Georgetown.
According to reports received, the accident occurred at approximately 07:15h and involved hire car HD 3165, owned and driven by a resident of Bellfield, East Coast Demerara.
Guyana Times was informed that Samuels was travelling west along the southern lane of Nelson Mandela Avenue on his motorcycle, while the taxi was heading east along the extreme southern lane of the northern carriageway of the same road.
As both drivers approached the intersection, the red traffic light was illuminated in the direction of the hire car driver. However, he failed to comply with the traffic signal and proceeded to make a right turn south onto the southern carriageway.
In the process, he ended up in the path of the motorcyclist, thus resulting in the front centre of the motorcycle colliding with the left-side front door of the hire car.
As a result of the collision, the motorcyclist was thrown into the air and landed on the road surface, sustaining injuries about his body. Emergency Medical Technicians arrived and transported the injured cyclist in an unconscious condition to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he was examined by a doctor on duty, who pronounced him dead.
The scene was later visited by investigators, and a breathalyser test was conducted on the hire car driver, but no trace of alcohol was found. The driver of the hire car is currently in Police custody, cooperating with their ongoing investigations. (G-9)