Pedestrian, 55, critical after hit by minibus 


A 55-year-old man of Chester Village, West Coast Berbice, is currently in a critical state in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the New Amsterdam Hospital after he was struck down by a minibus on Monday.

According to the police, the serious accident occurred at about 18:20h on the Chester Public Road, West Coast Berbice, involving a minibus driven by a 34-year-old resident of Foulis, Enmore, East Coast Demerara; the pedestrian was identified as a labourer.

Enquiries disclosed that the minibus was proceeding west along the road, when it was alleged by the driver that the pedestrian suddenly ran into the vehicle’s path.

The driver applied brakes to avoid a collision but despite the effort, the left side front portion of the vehicle hit the pedestrian.

The injured pedestrian was pickup in an unconscious state by the driver and taken to the Fort Wellington Public Hospital, where he was seen and examined by a doctor who treated and transferred him to the New Amsterdam Public Hospital in a critical condition.

There he was further examined by a doctor and admitted to the ICU.

A breathalyzer test was conducted on the driver and but no trace of alcohol was found, police said.

Further investigations are  in progress.

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