A teenager of Number 7 Village, West Coast Berbice (WCB) is now dead after he was struck down by a drunk Guyana Defence Force Corporal on Easter Monday.
He was identified as 16-year-old Lakeram Sirkissoon.
Sirkissoon of No. 7 Village, WCB, was riding a bicycle on the No. 6 Public Road around 21:45h on Monday when he was hit by a car driven by a GDF Corporal.
Police say the driver alleged that while proceeding west along the southern side of the No. 6 Public Road, he saw a pedal cyclist cycling across the road from the northern to the southern side. The driver claims that on seeing this, he tried to pull right to avoid a collision, but despite his effort, he collided into the rear of the said pedal cyclist.
As a result of the collision, the pedal cyclist fell to the road surface where he received injuries to his body.
He was picked up by public-spirited citizens in an unconscious state and taken to Fort Wellington Public Hospital where he was treated for head injuries and later transferred to New Amsterdam Public Hospital. He was admitted in a serious condition and eventually succumbed to his injuries.
His mother identified his body this morning around 08:30h, the police said.
At the time of the accident, there were three persons in the car – the driver, another male and a female. They were all taken for treatment and sent away.
The police said statements were taken and notice of intended prosecution served on the driver. A breathalyzer test was conducted on the army rank and showed a reading of .70 and .76 micrograms of alcohol in his blood. The legal limit is .35 and below.