40-year-old woman killed in highway accident was pregnant 

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Family members have confirmed that Melina Emmanuels, the 40-year-old woman who was among the group of family members killed by fireman, Kevin Bizzeth after he lost control of his motor vehicle, was pregnant. 

Bizzeth was driving a Toyota 212, bearing the number plate PHH 6628, when he lost control of the vehicle and plowed into five family members who were sitting on the curb of the Kairuni Public Road, Soesdyke/Linden Highway  at around 21:50 hrs on Sunday night. 

Eight-year-old, Akezie Jerome; her grandmother, 40-year-old Meliena Emmanuel and great-grandmother, 87-year-old Antonia Henry were rushed to various medical facilities. They were pronounced dead on arrival. 

Family members told the News Room on Monday that Emmanuel was pregnant. According to reports received, this woman succumbed while receiving care at the Mackenzie Public Hospital, in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice). Police reports, however, state that she was pronounced dead on arrival.

Akezie and her great grandmother (Photo: News Room/ May 24, 2021)

Meanwhile, eight-year-old Alina Persaud and 50-year-old Rodwell Jerome were also part of the group that Bizzeth collided into. Jerome is under observation at the Mackenzie Hospital, while Alina is currently in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Georgetown Public Hospital. 

The driver is presently in custody as investigations continue.

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