West La Pen­i­tence man killed in Goed For­tuin col­li­sion

-drunk bus driver tells cops rob­ber was driv­ing

Stabroek News Sunday - - FRONT PAGE -

A West La Pen­i­tence man was killed early yes­ter­day morn­ing af­ter he was struck by a Route 32 bus while rid­ing his mo­tor­cy­cle along the Goed For­tuin Pub­lic Road, at West Bank De­mer­ara.

Dead is Joseph Sa­muel James, called “Joe” and “Kar­tel,” of Lot 54 Wal­ter Ter­race, West La Pen­i­tence, Ge­orge­town, who was a labourer at Noble House Seafoods.

The po­lice said yes­ter­day that the bus driver who hit James was drunk but he has claimed that he was robbed prior to the ac­ci­dent and then forced into the bus by his as­sailants, one of whom re­port­edly ran into James. It was noted that his ac­count con­tra­dicts the ac­count given by a wit­ness. He is in cus­tody.

The ac­ci­dent oc­curred around 3.30 am.

In a press re­lease, the po­lice said that the driver claimed that he was pro­ceed­ing in minibus BSS 9898 north along the western car­riage­way of the pub­lic road when he stopped to uri­nate.

It added that it was dur­ing this time that he claimed he was robbed of his jewels by the oc­cu­pants of a car, who then forced him into his minibus.

James, who was pro­ceed­ing in the same di­rec­tion on mo­tor­cy­cle CH 9495, was struck down af­ter which the driver of the bus lost con­trol of the ve­hi­cle and ended up in a trench.

Af­ter the ac­ci­dent, James was taken to the West De­mer­ara Re­gional Hos­pi­tal, where he was pro­nounced dead on ar­rival.

The po­lice said the Route 32 bus driver was sub­jected to a breathal­yser test, which found that his es­ti­mated blood al­co­hol con­tent was above the le­gal limit.

At the time of the ac­ci­dent, James was head­ing home from a lime he had at­tended at Mid­dle Road, Poud­eroyen.

When Stabroek News vis­ited his home yes­ter­day, scores of fam­ily mem­bers and friends had gath­ered af­ter they had re­ceived the news of his death. His mother, Glo­ria Lewis, said she last saw him alive around 9 pm on Fri­day evening, when he in­formed her that he was go­ing out. The woman said while James did not say where he was head­ing, she learnt that he at­tended a lime at Mid­dle Road, Poud­eroyen with some friends.

Lewis ex­plained that the fam­ily learnt of the ac­ci­dent af­ter an in­di­vid­ual vis­ited their home dur­ing the wee hours of yes­ter­day morn­ing. “Joe get kill on the road,” she re­called be­ing told.

As a re­sult, she said that along with a few other rel­a­tives and neigh­bours, she im­me­di­ately left for the scene of the ac­ci­dent. How­ever, when they ar­rived there, James’ body had al­ready been taken to the hos­pi­tal.

“The bus went in the drain and the bike went mid­dle ah the road split in two,” a rel­a­tive noted.

James was a fa­ther of three.

The Route 32 minibus in the drain af­ter the ac­ci­dent

James’ man­gled mo­tor­cy­cle af­ter the ac­ci­dent

Joseph James

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