A 16-year-old pedal cyclist died at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) this morning, almost a day after a minibus struck him off his bicycle and drove away.
The accident happened around 18:45 hrs on Sunday on the Annandale, East Coast Demerara (ECD) Public Road.
The deceased has been identified as Razid Shaw of Lot 35 Annandale. Shaw died just around 03:30 hrs this morning. Also injured in the tragic accident is 15-year-old Karchand Khemraj who was the pillion rider. Khemraj of Lot 44 Annandale Public Road, ECD, is still a patient at GPHC and remains in a critical condition.
The Guyana Standard has been told that the minibus was proceeding east along the northern carriageway of the ECD Public Road while the pedal cyclist turned onto the main access road after coming out of a cross street (on the northern side of the road).
It is unclear if the teenager failed to stop and look before he turned onto the main access road or whether the minibus driver was speeding and did not see the two victims. Following the accident, the youths were tossed onto the roadway and sustained severe injuries to their head.
They were picked up and rushed to the hospital by police ranks. Shaw was pronounced dead on arrival while the 15-year-old remains hospitalized. The Guyana Police Force has since asked for the public’s assistance in locating the white Toyota Hiace ‘Pitbull’ minibus and its driver that struck and killed the youth. Anyone with information is asked to call the nearest police station.
Only last Saturday night, a 20-year-old motorcyclist and 18-year-old pillion rider were killed in an accident at Ogle, ECD.
The deceased have been identified as pillion rider, Rameshwar Singh of Lot 6 Cummings Lodge, ECD, and the motorcyclist, Jason Harris, also a resident of Cummings Lodge.