Chinese national suspected to be hit and run driver in Annandale accident
Late yesterday, investigators were able to trace a silver-gray Hiace ‘Pitbull’ minibus—that struck and killed a 16-year-old boy and left his younger friend critical—to a Chinese bond at Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara (ECD).
No one has been arrested as yet.
The accident happened around 18:45 hrs on Sunday on the Annandale, East Coast Demerara (ECD) Public Road.
According to information received, a piece of the number plate from the bus that struck the two teenagers had broken off and was left at the scene. This—along with tips from residents, led investigators to the Mon Repos bond.
The vehicle was discovered hidden under a tarpaulin at the back of the property. The front windscreen of the bus was shattered leading investigators to believe it was involved in an accident. The registration number is GWW 2140.
The Guyana Standard has been informed that the minibus is owned by a Chinese national who operates a supermarket at Vigilance. It is suspected that he was the one who was driving at the time of the accident.
Traffic Chief, Linden Isles, confirmed that efforts are being made to locate the Chinese national.
Pedal cyclist, Razid Shaw of Lot 35 Annandale died as a result of the hit and run accident while 15-year-old Karchand Khemraj of Lot 44 Annandale Public Road is hospitalized at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation.
The Guyana Standard has been told that the minibus was proceeding east along the northern carriageway of the ECD Public Road in the vicinity of Annandale 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 died hours later.