Bus driv­ers on bail as cops await ad­vice on charges in deaths of brothers

Stabroek News Sunday - - REGIONAL NEWS -

The two minibus driv­ers ac­cused of caus­ing the deaths of brothers She­mon West and Shalum Allen have each been re­leased on $200,000 sta­tion bail as the po­lice await le­gal ad­vice on pos­si­ble charges against them.

A po­lice source told Sun­day Stabroek yes­ter­day that the case file has been dis­patched to the Cham­bers of the Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions (DPP) for le­gal ad­vice.

In the mean­time, the source said the driv­ers, as part of the con­di­tion for their re­lease on bail, are re­quired to re­port to the po­lice ev­ery Mon­day un­til rec­om­men­da­tions on the way for­ward are re­ceived from the DPP.

West, 28, a labourer at­tached to the Guyana Ge­ol­ogy and Mines Com­mis­sion and Allen, called ‘Bigga,’ 19, both of Lots 8-9 Fel­low­ship, West Coast De­mer­ara, lost their lives last Tues­day af­ter they were struck by minibuses BVV 8882 and BVV 7042 along the Den Am­s­tel Pub­lic Road, near the Den Am­s­tel Po­lice Sta­tion.

At the time of the ac­ci­dent, which oc­curred around 11.20 am, the two brothers were re­turn­ing home af­ter pur­chas­ing driver’s li­cence pack­ages.

West, who was tow­ing Allen on a bi­cy­cle, re­port­edly died on the spot, while Allen was pro­nounced dead on ar­rival at the Leonora Cot­tage Hos­pi­tal.

They both sus­tained mas­sive head in­juries.

Fol­low­ing the ac­ci­dent, both driv­ers were taken into cus­tody.

In a press state­ment, the po­lice said minibus BVV 8882, which was pro­ceed­ing east along the north­ern lane of the pub­lic road, stopped to put off pas­sen­gers, while West and Allen were ap­proach­ing from be­hind.

It added that as West was pass­ing the bus, it sud­denly drove off and the ve­hi­cle hit the left han­dle bar of the bi­cy­cle.

As a re­sult of the im­pact, the brothers fell onto the south­ern car­riage­way of the road and were struck by minibus BVV 7042, which was pro­ceed­ing in the op­po­site di­rec­tion. Seon Moses, the dead men el­dest brother had de­nounced the man­ner in which his brothers lost their lives and he specif­i­cally noted the neg­li­gence of the driver of BVV 7042 when ne­go­ti­at­ing the turn be­fore the lo­ca­tion where he hit the men.

Moses had re­lated to Stabroek News that he be­lieved that if the driver had ex­er­cised some amount of cau­tion, at least one of his brothers could have been saved. “I don’t know at what point in time Shalum would have got

into con­tact with 7042… From the looks of it, 8882 was not look­ing in his rear mir­ror to see if any ve­hi­cle was be­hind him… while 7042 was ap­proach­ing a turn, a dead turn too, and if he was not speed­ing he would have been able to make some sort of ad­just­ment for per­sons who were on the road,” he had ex­plained.

He how­ever, noted while the driver of minibus BVV 7042 is not be­ing com­pletely blamed, it is clear that his neg­li­gence has con­trib­uted to at least one of the deaths.

She­mon West

Shalum Allen

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