One dead, five injured as drunk driver loses control


Written by Leroy Smith

36-year-old Debra Pompey of 473 Bell West Housing Scheme, West Bank Demerara (W.B.D.) is now dead while five other persons were up to late last night (Saturday, June 24, 2017) hospitalised following an accident on the railway embankment.

The accident occurred after a speeding car being driven by an intoxicated driver, lost control of the vehicle she was driving, slammed into the rail of a bridge and collided with persons who were standing on the roadway at the Liliendaal Railway Embankment, East Coast Demerara (E.C.D).

The injured have been identified as 20-year old Rodlyn Grace of 24 Blyzeight Garden, E.C.D, 18-year old Shameica Martin of 84 Sideline Dam, Beterverwagting, E.C.D, 26-year old Tenisha Hubbert of 473 Bell West, W.B.D and 30-year old Saskiya Boyer of 228 Lodge, Georgetown.

The driver of the vehicle, 27- year old Petona Welcome of 391 Austin Street, Campbellville, Georgetown, also suffered a fractured left arm and was treated and sent away.

She is currently in police custody assisting with investigations while the others were admitted patients at the Georgetown Public Hospital.

It was previously reported that the vehicle, PSS 7195 was being driven by 28-year old Floyd Hinds of Lot 1 Princess and Chapel Streets, Lodge, Georgetown. However, the police have subsequently clarified that Hinds is the owner of the vehicle but was not the driver at the time of the accident.

Eyewitnesses stated that the car was proceeding west along the embankment when the accident took place at approximately 23:40hours on Saturday evening.

Welcome’s alcohol consumption level was 47 micrograms; that is 12 micrograms more than she is allowed to have while driving.

The law stipulated that no one should drive a vehicle with alcohol levels in their system above 35 micrograms.

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