Deadly Agricola accident: Babysitter undergoing therapy


Simone Barry, the babysitter who was with 7-year-old Ciara Benjamin when she was killed in an accident on June 1 in Agricola East Bank of Demerara, has not been able to provide the Police with a statement.

This is according to Police Public Relations Officer, Superintendent Jairam Ramlakhan.

Superintendent Ramlakhan told the News Room Tuesday that the babysitter is currently undergoing therapy as she remains in a traumatized state following the horrific accident.

The child died instantly after the truck crashed into her as she was waiting to cross the road with an aunt. [News Room’s photo]
The News Room understands that Barry is expected to provide her statement to the Police on Wednesday.

The Police file is yet to be submitted for legal advice and the driver Danion Welcome is not yet charged and remains on Police bail.

Meanwhile, ‘A’ Division Commander Marlon Chapman said investigations are still ongoing into the accident.

The driver of the truck Danion Welcome

It was a gruesome and gut-wrenching scene when the sand-laden truck crashed into the 7-year-old who attempted to cross the road with the babysitter.

The little girl was pinned under the truck on top of the road’s median; she died instantly.

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

He was subsequently rescued by police and taken into custody, where he remained for five days before being released on $100,000 bail.

Welcome’s sand truck was also subsequently torched at the scene of the accident after the 7-year-old remains were removed.

Commander Chapman said there have been no arrests of individuals involved in the beating of the truck driver.

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