National squash player dies, friend critical in 2-vehicle smash-up
One man was killed while another remains in a critical condition after the car in which they were travelling was hit by a drunken driver at the intersection of Sandy Babb Street and Vlissengen Road, Georgetown, in the wee hours of Sunday.
Dead is 27-year-old Ian Mekdeci of First Avenue Subryanville, Georgetown, and his injured friend is 31-year-old Sheik Baksh of Dowding Street, Kitty, Georgetown.
Police stated that the accident occurred at about 02:15h and involved motor car PXX 4592 driven by Baksh and motor jeep bearing registration number PTT 4136 which at the time was being driven by Roberto Narine, a 37-year-old male of School Street, Peters Hall, East Bank Demerara (EBD)
At the time of the accident, the jeep was proceeding along Vlissengen Road whilst the motor car was travelling along Sandy Babb Street.
However, upon approaching the intersection, the driver of the motor car was reportedly crossing on the ‘green light’ but the driver of the jeep failed to stop, thus resulting in a collision
Mekdeci and Baksh sustained injuries to their bodies and were picked up by an ambulance in an unconscious condition and taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital.
Baksh was admitted as a patient to the Emergency Unit at the hospital suffering from a broken left arm, a laceration to the head, and a punctured left lung. Mekdeci, on the other hand, was pronounced dead on arrival.
A breathalyser test administered on the driver of the jeep proved that he was above the legal alcohol consumption limit. He was arrested and is assisting with investigations.
Mekdeci was a squash player and would have recently participated in the Georgetown Squash Association (GSA) organised Squash League. In 2019, he performed exceptionally in the Bounty Farm Handicap Squash tournament.