Ven­dor dies af­ter head crushed in Good Hope ac­ci­dent

Stabroek News Sunday - - FRONT PAGE -

A 40-year-old clothes ven­dor lost his life dur­ing the wee hours of yes­ter­day morn­ing af­ter he was struck down along the Good Hope Pub­lic Road, on the East Coast of De­mer­ara (ECD).

Dead is Cyon Saun­ders, of Lot 101 Me­lanie, ECD, who died on the spot as his head was crushed af­ter he was run over.

Traf­fic Chief Lin­den Isles said the ac­ci­dent oc­curred around 4.20 am.

Mo­han Dass, 28, the driver of the truck, GRR 6081, which is owned by the China Rail­way First Group Guyana Inc, re­port­edly fled the scene and was sub­se­quently ap­pre­hended at his home at Lit­tle Di­a­mond, East Bank De­mer­ara. Dass has claimed that there was an­other driver, who ran over Saun­ders af­ter he struck him.

Sun­day Stabroek was in­formed that po­lice have so far de­ter­mined from their in­ves­ti­ga­tion that the truck was pro­ceed­ing east along the north­ern car­riage­way of the pub­lic road when the ac­ci­dent oc­curred.

Dass re­port­edly told that po­lice that he was in the vicin­ity of KSM In­vest­ments when he no­ticed Saun­ders ahead, walk­ing east along the north­ern edge of the road.

As he ap­proached, Dass al­leged that Saun­ders walked into the path of the truck. He said he im­me­di­ately ap­plied brakes but due to the short dis­tance the front of the ve­hi­cle still came into con­tact with Saun­ders.

As a re­sult of the im­pact, Saun­ders fell to the ground and was run over, re­sult­ing in his head be­ing crushed.

At the scene of the ac­ci­dent yes­ter­day, Dass told Sun­day Stabroek that when he ex­ited his truck, the dead man was ly­ing on the road­way and his head was crushed.

How­ever, Dass ex­plained that based on what an eye­wit­ness re­lated to him, a pickup, which was pro­ceed­ing be­hind his truck, al­legedly ran over Saun­ders af­ter he was struck down by Dass. “The eye­wit­ness seh that a pick-up run over he [Saun­ders] and the driver drive away,” Dass said.

Mal­colm Scarville, Saun­ders’ step­fa­ther, told this news­pa­per that the fam­ily last saw the man on Fri­day, when he vis­ited their home and spent all day with his mother. Saun­ders sub­se­quently left for home. Scarville ex­plained that the fam­ily only learnt of the ac­ci­dent yes­ter­day af­ter­noon, when the po­lice con­tacted one of Saun­ders’ brothers and in­formed him of his death.

He said he was told that the po­lice man­aged to con­tact the fam­ily via Saun­ders’ cell phone, which was found at the scene. “Like the phone did run down and is charge they charge it and they start call­ing up peo­ple,” Scarville added.

He said Saun­ders’ mother, Bar­bara, and other rel­a­tives im­me­di­ately went to the Lyken Fu­neral Home where they pos­i­tively iden­ti­fied the man’s re­mains.

Just a lit­tle over a month ago, a nurs­ery school head teacher, Car­lotta James, lost her life af­ter she was in­volved in a ve­hic­u­lar ac­ci­dent on the same road.

James, called ‘Abi­gail,’ 44, who was the head teacher of Dor­cas Club Nurs­ery School, at Plai­sance, and of Lot 27 Mid­dle Walk, Bux­ton, was driv­ing PHH 67, pro­ceed­ing east along the north­ern side of the pub­lic road be­hind a truck, GPP 143. The driver of that truck had re­port­edly told po­lice that he slowed down and in­di­cated that he was turn­ing south across the road when James crashed into the rear of his ve­hi­cle. It is un­clear whether he faced any charges af­ter the fa­tal ac­ci­dent.

(Sharda Bac­chus)

Cyon Saun­ders

The driver of the truck, Mo­han Dass (sec­ond, from left), watches on as po­lice of­fi­cers take mea­sure­ments at the scene of the ac­ci­dent.

The spot along the Good Hope Pub­lic Road, on the East Coast of De­mer­ara, where the ac­ci­dent oc­curred.

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