Death of cyclist: Fmr. Army Chief was under influence of alcohol

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Rear Admiral (Ret’d) and former Chief of Staff of the Guyana Defence Force, Gary Best was driving under the influence of alcohol on Saturday morning when he struck down national cyclist Jude Bentley, killing him on the spot.

Best was driving a black land cruiser.

Bentley died on the Rupert Craig Highway, in the vicinity of the Russian Embassy turn at around 5:00hrs while training.

Assistant Police Commissioner Edgar Thomas told the News Room that a breathalyzer test found that Mr. Best was over the legal alcohol limit.

Best was taken into Police custody at the Kitty Police Station following the incident.

The vehicle, driven by Gary Best, at the scene of the accident [News Room photo]
Both Bentley and Best were heading east along the road; the family of the cyclist said he was struck from behind and debunked claims by Best that Bentley was not wearing reflectors at the time.

The News Room understands that Best slammed into a utility pole and crashed into Bentley – dragging him before he came to a stop.

Bentley’s body remained at the scene of the accident covered in a white cloth.

His family is calling for Best to face the full brunt of the law.

Bentley was also a businessman; he owned and operated the Bike Shop on Robb Street.

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