Two perish in EBD accident; speeding driver arrested


A horrific accident on the Diamond Public Road, East Bank Demerara (EBD), on Sunday evening claimed the lives of two persons and left several others nursing life-threatening injuries.

Police identified the fatalities as 18-year-old Anthony Persaud of Lot 108 Land of Canaan, EBD, and Aaliyah Edwards of Lot 16 Land of Canaan, EBD.

The driver, identified as 23-year-old Kevon Moore of Five Door Koker Dam, Land of Canaan, EBD, he has since been arrested.

Police said that around 22:00hrs, Moore was returning from the seawall proceeding south along the Public Road at a fast rate when he lost control of the vehicle BXX 7256, resulting in it toppling several times before coming to a halt.

Injured passengers were assisted by public-spirited citizens and rushed to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre; Persaud and Edwards were pronounced dead on arrival. The bodies remain at the Carmina Funeral Home awaiting an autopsy.

The minibus involved in the accident

The police report indicated that passengers- 23-year-old Jessie Wishart; 20-year-old Joel Wishart; 18-year-old Odarry Gonsalves; 18-year-old Valencia George and 17-year-old Shane Argyle, all of Land of Canaan, EBD, were treated and sent away.

However, the remaining passengers who sustained more critical injuries were transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital.

Those are 18-year-old Sabrina Corlette of Lot 186 Hyde Park, Timehri, EBD, who sustained an open fracture-dislocation to right ankle and head injuries; 18-year-old Seth Abrams of Lot 66 Schoonord, West Coast Demerara, who sustained deep abrasion injuries to his right leg; 17-year-old Johnny Persaud of Lot 108 Land of Canaan, EBD, who sustained abrasions to the shoulders and back; and 16-year-old Micheal James of Lot 29 Koker Dam, Land of Canaan, EBD, who sustained severe head injuries.

According to the police report, the driver was subjected to a breathalyzer test, which revealed had 0.039 and 0.037 micrograms of alcohol in his breath.

He remains in custody assisting with investigations.

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