Three survive fiery Berbice accident; drivers were speeding – police


Only three persons survived the horrific three-vehicle accident on the Ross Public Road, West Coast Berbice (WCB) that claimed the lives of six persons in the wee hours of Saturday.

The survivors are 20-year-old Fiona Massiah of No. 28 Village, WCB; 29-year-old Brian Goodridge of East Coast Demerara and 30-year-old Akeem Solomon of Lot 30 No. 4 Village, WCB.

The horrific accident claimed the lives of 28-year-old Joel Jacobs of Sophia, Georgetown; 22-year-old Jamol Lynch of Hopetown, WCB; 23-year-old Lindon McFarlane of Belair, WCB. The other victims have been identified as 19-year-old Jashawn Saul of Belair, WCB; Keanna Dow of Belladrum, WCB and Gary Blair of Turkeyen, East Coast Demerara.

The accident occurred at around 03:30hrs.

One of the cars involved in the accident burst into flames upon impact (Photo: News Room/December 18, 2020)

Police said McFarlane was driving PNN 3526 while Lynch and Saul were passengers; Blair was behind the wheel of PYY 4293 while the other car -PWW 208 – was being driven by Solomon.

According to the police, Blair and Solomon were proceeding west along the public road at a fast rate while McFarlane was proceeding east also at a fast rate when a collision occurred; as a result, McFarlane’s vehicle burst into flames. The other vehicles were wrecked beyond repair.

Police said Lynch, Saul, McFarlane were taken out of the vehicle and taken to the Fort Wellington Hospital and pronounced dead.

Jacobs, Goodridge and Dow, who were in PYY 4293, were also taken to the Fort Wellington Hospital; Jacobs and Dow were pronounced dead while Goodridge was transferred to the New Amsterdam Hospital and then to the Georgetown Hospital for further treatment.

Meanwhile, the injured Massiah and Solomon, who were in PWW 208, were taken to the Mahaicony Public Hospital with a fractured leg and nursing head injures.

The families of the victims are devastated at their deaths; the News Room understands that Lynch, McFarlane and Saul are best friends and they were out celebrating Lynch’s 22nd birthday when the tragedy occurred.

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