Police are investigating the death of Aaron Leitch, a crop extension officer attached to National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (NAREI). He died in an accident which occurred around 08:00 hrs this morning (Tuesday) on Tacama Trail, Ituni District, Upper Demerara Berbice.

The accident involved a Pick-Up vehicle (# PAC 3958), owned by the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GLSC) and attached to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which was driven at the time by Nigel Hutson, a 50-year-old from Georgetown. The other occupants with him were: Gregory Grenville, a 39-year-old from Amelia’s Ward Linden; Arafat Fazal, a 37-year-old citizen of Bangladesh; and Aaron Leitch (now deceased), a NAREI district crop extension officer.

Enquiries disclosed that the Pick-Up was proceeding east along the northern side of the Tacama trail at a fast rate and while negotiating a left bend, the driver lost control of the vehicle and it ended up on the southern parapet after which it toppled several times before it came to a halt.

As a result, the driver along with the occupants received injuries on their bodies. They were picked up by public-spirited citizens in a conscious state, except for Aaron Leitch who was unconscious. They were all taken to the Linden Hospital Complex, where they were seen and examined by a doctor on duty who treated them for the injuries.

Arafat Fazal was admitted for injuries to his body and later transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital for further medical attention. His condition is regarded as stable. Gregory Grenville, along with the driver, were treated and sent away. Aaron Leitch was pronounced dead on arrival. The driver is assisting the police in the ongoing investigation.


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