A 71-year-old pensioner was killed on Friday evening after he was struck down by a motorcar on the Garden of Eden, East Bank Demerara (EBD) Public Road.
Dead is James Augustus of Second Dam, Garden of Eden, EBD.
According to Police reports, the incident occurred at about 22:30h. Investigations revealed that the vehicle, bearing registration number PKK 6734, was proceeding north along the western carriageway (heading to Georgetown), when the victims allegedly ran from the western side of the road, heading east, and ended up in the path of the motorcar.
Upon impact, the elderly man was picked up and rushed to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
The 26-year-old driver of the motorcar was taken into Police custody and is assisting with the investigations. Reports are a breathalyser test was also conducted on the driver but no trace of alcohol was detected.
On Saturday morning, the police had cordoned and marked the spot where the incident occurred as their investigations progressed. When Guyana Times visited the victim’s home, neighbours indicated that he lived alone after moving from the North West District, Region One (Barima-Waini), some years ago.
Bissondyal Boopat, who lives a few houses away, said that Augustus would do odd jobs around the community for a living and was constantly seen imbibing at his house. However, he was described as an easygoing person.
“We get a message. The neighbour said that he dead and that something knock he down. He does live around but he didn’t have a wife or children. He don’t have family. We don’t know much about he but he’s not a bad man and he don’t trouble nobody. When you ain’t see he around, it mean he working,” said Boopat.
Opposite to Augustus’ dwellings, another neighbour recalled, “he’s sort of a single farmhand working all around different places. He comes over when I visit my mom so I know him as a mutual friend”.
This is the second pedestrian to have lost his life in recent time. Just last month, a 30-year-old man was killed as he was attempting to cross the Number 11 Village Public Road, Corentyne, Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).
Stanley Bronne of Lot 8 Number 11 Village, was crossing the roadway when he was struck by motorcar PTT 8022. Reports are the driver of the motorcar allegedly swerved to avoid a collision but the right front of the vehicle collided with Bronne.
As a result of the impact, Bronne fell onto the front windscreen then onto the road and received injuries about his body. He was picked up in an unconscious state and taken to the New Amsterdam Hospital where he died while receiving medical attention.