The roads on Guyana are like vampires. They want blood and they take blood.
That’s what one person told this reporter some years ago and it has stuck into my mind.
Well, the past few days have been nothing but tragic on Guyanese roads where vehicular accidents have taken six lives and injured five other people, in separate incidents.
We start off with the deadly crash in the area of, arguably, the haunted Soesdyke/Linden Highway. It incident occurred on Sunday, May 23, and left three people dead and two hospitalized.
An entire family, sitting on the side of the Kairuni Public Road, was mowed down by a speeding motor car.
Dead are Akeizie Jerome, 8, who is believed to have succumbed at the scene; her grandmother Meliena Emmanuel and great-grandmother, Antonia Henry.
Admitted to the hospital are 56-year-old Rodwell Jerome, who is reportedly in stable condition at the Makenzie Hospital, and Alina Ann Persaud, 8, who is in critical condition at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Georgetown Hospital.
Relatives told police that the driver of the ill-fated black Toyota 212 car, Kevin Bizzeth, 39, a fireman of Rainbow City, Mackenzie, Linden, was intoxicated because a family member smelled alcohol on his breathe immediately after the accident. However, a police statement cleared him. It said a breathalyzer test on the driver showed zero alcohol in his blood.
However, the lawmen said Bizzeth was driving at a very fast pace and have since placed him in custody as they continue investigations.
TWO DEAD IN EBD
Earlier, on Saturday night, May 22, 2021, a road accident on the Timehri Public Road, East Bank Demerara (EBD) took the lives of Pascal Dainty, 24, of Unity Place Festival City, North Ruimveldt Georgetown; and Delon Whitehead, 32, of William Street, Kitty, Georgetown.
Whitehead and Dainty were employed with Secure Innovations and Concepts Inc. as aviation security officers for Caribbean Airlines.
Michael Kendall, 25, of Block X Great Diamond, EBD, is hospitalised in serious but stable condition.
Reports are that the trio was at a BBQ or party having a good time until a fight broke out. This prompted the three men to leave the party and head in the direction of Georgetown.
Dainty, who celebrated his 24th birthday on Thursday, May 20, was the driver and the others were passengers when the crash happened around 8:30 p.m. on the Timehri road, according to police
Further reports have indicated that Dainty was most likely speeding hence he lost control of the car which collided with two utility poles before overturning, and rolling to a stop against a concrete fence.
The car was completely destroyed.
Dainty and Whitehead were pronounced dead at the Georgetown Hospital. Kendall remains in critical condition in the hospital’s ICU.
FATAL KURU KURU ACCIDENT
On Friday morning, May 21, 2021, the Linden Soesdyke Highway took another victim in a vehicular accident.
Dead is John Wickham, 40, a labourer of Kuru Kuru Public Road.
Wickham, a father of one, was the victim of a suspected hit-and-run which is estimated to have occurred at 9:30 a.m.
Police said he was found lying on the western side of the highway, bleeding.
He was transported to hospital in a semi-conscious state to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre but was later pronounced dead.
TWO ON MOTORCYCLE INJURED
In another incident, two persons on a motorcycle sustained injuries when a car, driven by an alleged 27-year-old drunk driver, identified as Robin Persaud, crashed into them on the Lewis Manor Public Road in East Coast Berbice.
He reportedly collided in the motorcycle after trying to overtake another vehicle, at about 9:30 p.m.
The injured persons have been identified as Fazil Hussain, 28, of Cumberland Village, East Canje Berbice; and Shakeer Batson, 21, of Rose Hall Town, Corentyne, Berbice. Both were transported to the New Amsterdam Hospital where Hussain was admitted and his pillion rider was released.
The driver was taken into police custody on Saturday.
The lawmen said Persaud tested positive for alcohol — actually over the prescribed limit — when the accident occurred.