Teen in fa­tal Ogle ac­ci­dent dis­charged after two months in hos­pi­tal

-po­lice to seek ad­vice on charg­ing driver

Stabroek News Sunday - - REGIONAL NEWS -

Ven­isha Sukhnan­dan, the teenager who was in­jured over two months ago in an ac­ci­dent on the Ogle Pub­lic Road which claimed that life of her younger brother, has fi­nally been dis­charged from the hos­pi­tal.

On Septem­ber 13th, Ven­isha, 17, was rid­ing with her sev­enyear-old brother Su­nil, when they were hit by a car, which was al­legedly be­ing driven at a fast rate.

They were rushed to the Ge­orge­town Pub­lic Hos­pi­tal (GPH), where Su­nil was pro­nounced dead on ar­rival and Ven­isha was ad­mit­ted to the In­ten­sive Care Unit.

Fol­low­ing the ac­ci­dent, the driver was taken into po­lice cus­tody and later re­leased on $75,000 sta­tion bail. She sub­se­quently of­fered the fam­ily com­pen­sa­tion, which they have not ac­cepted.

Con­tacted for an up­date on the in­ves­ti­ga­tion yes­ter­day, Traf­fic Chief Lin­den Isles told Sun­day Stabroek that the file in re­la­tion to the mat­ter will be sent for le­gal ad­vice in the new week.

Isles ex­plained that the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was stalled for some time be­cause the po­lice were await­ing Ven­isha’s dis­charge from the hos­pi­tal. How­ever, he re­lated that a few days ago, fol­low­ing her dis­charge, the teen, ac­com­pa­nied by po­lice, re­turned to the scene of the ac­ci­dent, where fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions were con­ducted.

“Some ad­di­tional work will be done in the new week and the file will be sub­mit­ted for le­gal ad­vice,” Isles said.

When this news­pa­per vis­ited the fam­ily on Fri­day, the young girl was seen mov­ing around the house nor­mally. She ex­plained that while she feels pain about her body at ran­dom times, she is feel­ing “very good.”

Her par­ents, Rad­ica Narine and So­han Suk­nan­dan, re­lated that they took her to the GPH on Fri­day for her check-up and also had her talk to po­lice of­fi­cers from the Sparen­daam Po­lice Sta­tion. She was then taken to the scene of the ac­ci­dent, where she gave a re­count to the of­fi­cers of what hap­pened on the day.

“She’s feel­ing good you know. She walk­ing about and ev­ery­thing and smil­ing so we happy. Only thing is she al­ways want to deh do­ing work and we just want she rest but she keep say­ing she can’t just lay down and rest all the time,” Narine ex­plained.

She also pointed out that the fam­ily is still in­ter­ested in pur­su­ing the court case but have been con­tacted by the driver’s fam­ily and lawyers, who have of­fered them a larger com­pen­sa­tion pack­age than they did be­fore. How­ever, she noted that she was un­able to say whether they will ac­cept it or pro­ceed with hav­ing the mat­ter taken be­fore the court, and will only be able to make a de­ci­sion after con­sult­ing their own at­tor­ney.

This news­pa­per had pre­vi­ously re­ported on the fam­ily’s plea for fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance. On Fri­day, Narine re­ported that their calls did not go unan­swered and ex­pressed thanks on be­half of her house­hold.

The fam­ily cur­rently lives in a shack in Ogle North, a small dis­tance away from the Ogle sea­wall. Sim­i­lar shacks dot the area, which has be­come the tem­po­rary home of fish­er­men who ply their trade nearby.

The south­ern­most dwelling houses the fam­ily. Narine and Sukhnan­dan, along with nine other chil­dren, rang­ing from ages seven to 18, all live in the shack.

Be­cause of the gen­er­ous do­na­tions of the pub­lic and the govern­ment, the fam­ily has been able to not only ren­o­vate, but also ex­pand their small home. Narine also re­lated that they are cur­rently try­ing to ac­quire land to build a new home.

De­ceased: Su­nil Sukhnan­dan

Ven­isha Sukhnan­dan

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