Police: No eyewitnesses to deadly Agricola crash


The Guyana Police Force on Monday said no eyewitnesses have so far come forward to give statements from Saturday’s deadly crash at Agricola, East Bank Demerara that claimed the life of 7-year-old Ciara Benjamin.

The driver, 38-year-old Danion Welcome has not yet been charged but remains in custody.

The Police Commissioner Leslie James urged eyewitness to come forward. He also said anyone who has video recordings of the incident should also contact the Police Force and present the evidence.

Meanwhile, the Top Cop also noted that those who beat the driver and torched his truck will be charged.

Danion Leary Welcome was severely beaten by residents following the accident

“I wish to make it very clear that we are investigating recordings of persons who may have assaulted that driver and once so identified, we will be taken action in terms of charges of persons who might have assaulted that person,” the Police Commissioner said at a press conference Monday.

He said the residents unleashed their ire against the driver before the Police arrived at the scene.

“And I want to call on all Guyanese to express some restraint…You ought not to engage in what is referred to as vigilante justice…and what we’ve seen in the videos was totally wrong,” the Police Commissioner said.

Following the accident, Welcome was severely beaten by residents with an iron pipe and according to his lawyer, James Bond, he suffered a fractured skull, severe contusions to the arms, back and neck along with gaping wounds to the scalp.

Bond told the News Room during a telephone interview Sunday night that his client was taken to the hospital where he was treated and discharged.

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