Pensioner killed in Berbice accident; truck driver charged with drunk driving

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A 71-year-old man lost his life after a truck bearing registration number GPP 2369 slammed into his jeep PJJ 25 while he was waiting to turn into his yard on Tuesday evening.

Dead is Narineatt Lowhar of Number 47 Village Corentyne Berbice; his wife Williema Lingen 52, was also in the vehicle and sustained injuries to her abdomen.

Police headquarters revealed that Lowhar was proceeding south along the eastern side of the road with the truck trailing behind at around 18:40hrs.

The truck driver told the Police that he was about to overtake the jeep, when Lowhar made a right turn a short distance in front of his lorry and in the process, the left front of the lorry collided with the right side of the Jeep.

The distraught wife told the News Room her husband put on his indicator to turn right when he felt a sudden impact.

A breathalyzer test conducted on the 49-year-old driver Rohan Singh found that he was above the legal limit.

“When meh catch meh self them pull me out but [my husband was inside the car] and meh cry tell them go see what happen to he,” the woman said.

Lowhar received severe head injuries and was pinned inside the vehicle for several minutes before he was rescued by residents.

He was taken to Skeldon Hospital in an unconscious condition and later transferred to New Amsterdam Hospital where he died while receiving medical attention.

Meanwhile, a breathalyzer test conducted on the 49-year-old driver Rohan Singh of Number 52 Village found that he was above the legal limit.

Singh made an appearance at the Number 51 Magistrate’s Court Wednesday where he was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

He was remanded to prison until June 19 where he is expected to face another charge following a post mortem examination of the body on Thursday.

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