Pedal cyclist crushed by truck on EBD corridor

A pedal cyclist was tragically killed on Thursday after he was crushed by a truck along the Grove Public Road, East Bank Demerara (EBD). Dead is 64-year-old Budhram Sookhoo of Herstelling, EBD.

Dead: Budhram Sookhoo

The accident reportedly occurred at about 11:50h, and involved motor lorry GYY 5319 being driven by a 32-year-old man from Soesdyke, EBD. Based on reports received, the vehicle was proceeding along the roadway when the left side front wheel collided with the rear wheel of the man’s pedal cycle. The pedal cyclist was riding in front of the truck at the time of the accident.
As a result of the collision, Sookhoo fell on the roadway and was run over by the left side rear wheel of the truck.
The man was then picked up in an unconscious state, and was rushed to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
When Guyana Times visited Sookhoo’s home on Thursday afternoon, his relatives were too distraught to speak.
However, a nephew, Sean Singh, in a telephone interview, explained that he was made aware of the incident by another relative. “Another cousin come and told me, so we went and identify the body.”
Singh explained that he is unsure where his uncle was heading at the time of the fatal accident.
“He wasn’t here, so we didn’t know where he was riding and going. He was a real alright person… nobody does want to hear that their family member passed away, but you have to be strong,” Singh expressed.
Sookhoo had been a labourer and father of two. He was not married, and would normally ride around in his village and surrounding communities.
Meanwhile, a breathalyzer test conducted on the truck driver revealed no signs of alcohol in his system.