Friend pleaded with Chase not to go on CBR; King’s death a ‘big blow’ to family
By Bibi Khatoon
Mauva Chase has plans to celebrate her 25th birthday on the 19th of this month; her friend, Dekale Sears was planning to give her a time of her life, just as Chase did for her [Sears’] birth anniversary recently. However, Chase did not live to see the day.
Twenty-four-year-old Mauva Chase was killed in an accident on Saturday night on the Houston, East Bank Demerara (EBD) public road. She was a Police Constable attached to the Central Immigration and Passport Office.
Police said Chase was the pillion rider on motorcycle # CG 2195, driven by 24-year-old Stanley Junior King of 116 Section ‘M’ Campbellville, Georgetown, when King reportedly lost control while negotiating a slight turn and collided with a concrete median.
They were rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where King was pronounced dead on arrival and Chase succumbed while receiving medical attention.
News Room visited Chase’s 187 Thomas Street, Kitty home today as family and friends tried to come to grips with her death.
The family said she left home just after 20:00hrs on Saturday; an hour later, she was dead.
Sears, who also works at the Central Passport and Immigration Office, told News Room that she, another friend along with Chase and King were heading to meet with some friends at Republic Park, Georgetown.
Sears said she pleaded with her friend to go with a car instead of the motorbike.
“She said that she know the guy and she gon take a ride with him. I open the door, I came out and I say ‘Chase come inside the car.’ She say ‘no’ and I say ‘alright.’ So we pull off with the car, they pull off with the bike…”
After some time, Sears realised that the bike was not in front of them; she later learnt that Chase and King took a different route.
“Next thing you know, me phone ring. I see she calling so I was like ‘hey babe, how far yual deh? Yual reach?’ The person on the phone say ‘I don’t know, I just dialed a number because the person for the phone just reach in an accident.’ From there I can’t tell you anything else,” a distraught Sears recalled.
Chase was described as a jolly person who always looked out for others.
“She had a laugh that is very very much unique, I can still hear it even now, I never hear anyone else with that laugh,” Sears said as she reminisced.
Chase, one of seven siblings, was also known as a singer and dancer.
Selwyn Chase, her uncle said the family is distraught with the sudden death.
KING’S DEATH IS A BIG BLOW
The News Room also visited the Kanuku Street, Section ‘M’ Campbellville home of Stanley King. There, family members are contemplating their next move.
One of his cousins, who prefers to remain anonymous, said King, who worked with Aurora Gold Mines, was a calm person.
The cousin said he was already asleep on Saturday night when the incident occurred but awoke to several missed calls and 88 Whatsapp messages. He was not inclined to read the messages until he noticed one saying “death.”
“This is a big blow to the family,” he said.
The other family members were too distraught to share any words with the News Room.
Police said neither of the two victims were wearing safety helmets at the time of the accident.