Linden woman, 69, dies in highway accident


Marva Alder, a 69-year-old woman of Wismar Housing Scheme, Region 10 (Upper Demerara- Berbice) died after the taxi she was travelling in lost one of its tires while driving near Long Creek on the Soesdyke/ Linden highway.

Police headquarters reported that the incident occurred on Thursday, at around 19:00 hrs.

The car involved in the accident was driven by 40-year-old Keion Hope of Phase 1’B’ Wisroc Housing Scheme, Linden.

There were three other passengers in the vehicle; 56-year-old Simone Barker of Wismar, 54-year-old Mervyn Mc Andrew, and 21-year-old Joel Mc Andrew of Sophia, Greater Georgetown.

Based on police reports, the car was proceeding south along the eastern side of the Soesdyke/Linden Highway in the vicinity of Long Creek when the driver claimed that the vehicle’s left side front wheel blew out.

Subsequently, the driver said he lost control of the said vehicle and the vehicle flipped several times before coming to a halt.

Alder was taken out of the vehicle in an unconscious condition and was examined by a Doctor from the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). She was pronounced dead.

Meanwhile, the other passengers were all taken out of the vehicle in a conscious condition and placed in an ambulance. They were taken to the Mackenzie Hospital where they were seen and examined by doctors on duty.

Barker was admitted as a patient in the female surgical ward suffering from head injuries whereas the two men were admitted in the Male Surgical Ward for observation.

The body of Marva Alder was escorted to the Carmen’s Funeral Home for storage awaiting an autopsy.

Importantly, it was reported that the driver underwent a breathalyser test but no trace of alcohol was found in his system.

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