Uitvlugt man killed by speeding car while attempting to cross road
Just days before Christmas, a family was sent into a state of mourning after a 55-year-old man was struck down and killed by a speeding car along the Stewartville Public Road, West Coast Demerara (WCD).
Fifty-five-year-old Rajendra Doodnauth of Uitvlugt, West Coast Demerara, was reportedly dragged some distance after the collision and died hours after while receiving medical attention on Monday.
Based on reports received, on the day in question at about 10:40h, the motor car was proceeding east along the northern side of the road, reportedly at a fast rate as the now dead pedal cyclist was heading in the same direction.
Doodnauth reportedly came off his bicycle and attempted to cross the road when the front of the motor car came into contact with him. As a result of the impact, he was flung onto the front window screen of the vehicle, and landed onto the road’s surface where he was dragged some distance before the vehicle came to a halt.
He received injuries about his body and was picked up in an unconscious state and taken to the Leonora Cottage Hospital where he was seen and examined by a doctor on duty but he subsequently died.
Devindra Doodnauth, son of the dead man told Guyana Times on Tuesday that he was at work when he received the dreaded news. As he rushed to the scene, his injured father was already at the hospital with a relative. The son noted that his father died shortly after arriving at the medical facility.
“I was at work and I get a call at around quarter to 11 that my father get into an accident. When I leave work and go out there, the ambulance already gone with he. So, I go to the Cottage Hospital and they didn’t let me go in to see him. My cousin was inside with him and couple minutes after, she come out and say holler that he passed away,” the son recalled.
This publication was told that the deceased was a former employee at the Uitvlugt Sugar Estate but left the job some time ago. Since then, he remained unemployed. At the time of the accident, he was allegedly out purchasing something for an acquaintance.
“Somebody send he out to buy something cause he went on the other side of the road and was coming over. Maybe the car hit him while coming from Parika. The car hit him and drag him according to the Police. When they measure, was about 90 feet they drag him. It was a distance.”
Meanwhile, his body was taken to the Ezekiel Funeral Home awaiting a post-mortem examination while the 41-year-old driver of Non Pariel, East Coast Demerara, was taken into custody and is assisting with the investigation. (Rupa Seenaraine)