Police pursuit of young driver led to deadly Mahaica accident
Dead are Christopher Bhagwandat and Sheereda Persaud; the News Room understands that the young man was driving motorcar PNN 8852 when he was stopped by traffic ranks along the Perseverance Public Road, Mahaicony, Region Five.
Reports indicate that Bhagwandat was asked to pull over by the ranks and while he appeared to do so, he instead, drove away.
As a result, a police patrol in motor van PAB 3143 attached to the Mahaicony Police Station, gave chase behind the young man and his girlfriend.
While approaching the Mahaica Bridge, the police vehicle and Bhagwandat’s car were adjacent during which the young man allegedly cornered the police, resulting in a head-on collision with canter truck GJJ 9151 which was proceeding in the opposite direction.
The truck flipped on the side before crashing into another car, a fielder wagon PAB 8222.
A supervisor and three other police ranks were inside the police van; two of the ranks are in a serious condition at the Georgetown Public Hospital along with 29-year-old Derrick Dickson, who was the driver of the fielder wagon.
Omesh Persaud, 46, of Leguan, Region Three was the driver of the canter truck – he was the lone occupant and did not suffer any injuries.
Meanwhile, three occupants of Dickson’s car included a 32-year-old woman Otisha Lynch and her two young daughters, age 8 and 2. The News Room was reliably informed that the mother and children were also discharged from the hospital.
It remains unclear why Bhagwandat was stopped by the police.
The News Room reported that Bhagwandat of Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara had travelled to Bath Settlement, West Coast Berbice to pick up his girlfriend to celebrate his mother’s birthday.
Bhagwandat would have celebrated his 22nd birthday later this month and it was only four months ago that the family lost another member of the family.
From videos circulating on social media, firefighters were seen removing the bodies from the wreckage.