The Baksh family of La Grange on the West Bank of the Demerara (WBD) was plunged into a state of mourning at the dawn of January 1, 2018, when their only son died following an accident a few metres away from their home.
Dead is 24-year-old Aslam Baksh of Lot 65 La Grange Old Road, West Bank Demerara.
According to the Guyana Police Force, the young wash bay attendant died following a two car smash-up at Meer-Zorgen, at around 02:15h on New Year’s Day.
Investigations revealed that the dead man was a passenger of motorcar HC 7477 driven by 42-year-old Vijay Bidoor of Goed Fortuin, WBD. Amanda Rickyram, 28, of Unity Street, La Grange, WBD; Gobin Dannyram, 29, of 225 Goed Fortuin; and Diana Chand, 19, of Cemetery Road, Georgetown were all passengers of the same car proceeding South along the Meer-Zorgen Public Road when HB 4105, proceeding in the opposite direction, drove into their path and collided with them.
They all sustained serious injuries and were rushed to the West Demerara Regional Hospital and later transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital where Baksh died while receiving medical attention.
The dead man’s father, Karim Baksh told Guyana Times that the family received a call about the accident at around 05:00h and immediately rushed to the hospital.
“My son was working at a wash bay and he and the boss man and two other friends was coming home when the accident happen. I was made to understand that while they was coming home, a car was coming from the next side towards the (Demerara Harbour) bridge and like the man was drunk or something and then he think he turn to go on the bridge, he turn on their car,” the man related.
The elder Baksh further stated that his son died at about 09:00h on January 1. He noted that Aslam sustained severe head injuries along with a broken nose, jaw and half of his tongue was severed.
“He got head injuries, he broke his nose, jaw, tongue cut out, lost all his teeth and his brain damaged, he was semi-conscious when we see he and lil bit after we see he, them tell we that he dead,” the elderly man stated.
When this publication visited the accident scene, several shattered pieces of glass and other car parts lined the side of the road along with bloodstains and motor oil.
Police have Bidoor in custody assisting with investigations while the other driver remains hospitalised. Investigations are ongoing, and a post-mortem examination is expected to be conducted today.