Teen dies, brother critical after Enmore hit and run
Tragedy struck for two teenage brothers on Sunday evening, after a vehicle crashed into them along the Enmore Public Road, leaving one dead and the other in a critical condition.
Dead is 16-year-old Sheldon Cleon Major, while his brother, 14-year-old Christopher Pollard is in a critical state at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).
According to Police information, the accident occurred on Sunday evening at about 19:00h on the Enmore Public Road, East Coast Demerara (ECD).
It is unclear exactly what transpired in the fatal crash since the driver fled the scene, leaving the injured boys on the roadway along with pieces of debris from the vehicle.
When emergency services showed up at the scene, one of the young boys was discovered motionless on the northern edge of the road. The other brother was found in a semi-conscious state on a nearby parapet.
With visible injuries about their head and bodies, the lads were transported to the GPHC where Major was pronounced dead and Pollard was admitted at the Accident and Emergency Unit. Pollard is nursing a severe head injury along with other wounds.
Up to Monday morning, Police were still seeking the public’s help in identifying the vehicle involved along with apprehending the driver.
When Guyana Times visited the boys’ home at Enmore on Monday, relatives were inconsolable in their grief. An aunt, Jaisa James, explained that she left the teens at home just a few hours before the accident. At that time, Major was helping his mother with her cleaning.
She said that she subsequently received a phone call, and the caller informed her that the teenagers were involved in a serious accident. James said after hearing the dreadful news, she immediately went back home.
“When we were at Ann’s Grove, we got a phone call saying that Sheldon got knock down,” the aunt remembered.
According to James, eyewitnesses at the scene recalled seeing a silver car hitting the young brothers but could not identify the driver. The teens had visited their grandparents and were heading back home when the incident occurred.
“They would’ve spend some time by Christopher’s grandparents and they were coming home…They [eyewitnesses] said they were coming back and the vehicle hit both of them while they were walking. But Sheldon died on the spot and they were both rushed to the hospital.”
Presently, the family is trying to source security footage around the scene of the accident to identify the motor car and driver involved. These attempts have so far proved futile and the family has placed their trust in law enforcement.
“We go on the road and ask people about their camera but most of them on the road ain’t really facing the direction and we can’t get any proper information. Nobody ain’t get any proper information. We just hoping for the police to investigate. This is a hit and run and we lost a nephew, a son, a grandson, everything. Knowing he is a lost son for a parent, anyone would feel the same way,” she expressed.
Meanwhile, Major was described as a loving and willing child. Relatives are remaining optimistic that the younger brother will survive.
“He is a boy that don’t go nowhere. The only place he would go is the ballfield and if you tell him ‘you can’t go’, he would just sit down. If you send him to do something, he wouldn’t even frown. He would just go. Sheldon is a really loving child,” the aunt stated.
The Guyana Police Force is continuing its investigations.