Motorcyclist loses battle for life at GPHC, pillion rider still hospitalised

– driver of car was intoxicated at the time of the collision

A 23-year-old motorcyclist who was battling for his life at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), after being struck down by a taxi two nights ago, succumbed to his injuries on Wednesday afternoon. His friend, who was the pillion rider at the time of the accident, remains hospitalised in a serious condition.

The vehicles involved in the accident

The dead man has been identified as Ramairo Wilson of Lot 121 Crane Housing Scheme, West Coast Demerara (WCD).
Based on information received, at about 18:45h on Tuesday, Wilson and a friend were travelling on a motorcycle at Vreed-en-Hoop, WCD when they were struck down by a car bearing registration number HC 3989. The car was being driven by a 39-year-old Pouderoyen, WCD resident.
Reports are that the driver had just purchased bread from the area, and was proceeding along the roadway, but suddenly made an about turn. The motorcycle was then about to pass the car, but a collision occurred instead.
The motorcycle reportedly slammed into the right front fender of the motorcar, resulting in Wilson and his 23-year-old friend (pillion rider) being flung to the northern side of the road.
According to the Police, the two young men sustained head and other bodily injuries.
Wilson was picked up in an unconscious state, while the pillion rider was semi-conscious. They were both rushed to the West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH), where Wilson was examined and referred to the GPHC in a critical condition. However, Wilson’s friend was admitted at the WDRH.
The police say the driver was taken into custody immediately following the accident, and a breathalyzer test conducted on him revealed that there was alcohol in his system.
Wilson had never regained consciousness since the accident, and succumbed to his injuries on Wednesday afternoon. His body is at the GPHC mortuary awaiting a post mMortem. Meanwhile, the driver of the hire car remains in police custody. (Kristen Macklingam)