Motorcyclist detained at city hospital after fleeing accident scene, left injured for dead


A motorcyclist identified as 31-year-old Leon Lewis of Annandale, East Coast Demerara (ECD) was detained by the police at a city hospital where he had gone to seek medical attention after being involved in a fatal accident along the Lusignan public road on Monday night.

A statement from police headquarters detailed that the accident occurred at about 18:55 hrs and also involved motorcar PVV 854 driven by 43-year-old Wavell Lamatt of Beterverwagting, ECD.

The dead man was identified as a 53-year-old pedestrian, Prahalad Sawh of Lusignan, ECD. He was hit twice, once by the motorcycle and then ran over by the car.

According to the police, the motorcar and motorcycle were proceeding east along the carriageway when according to Lewis he suddenly saw a shadow while riding behind a minibus.

When the bus passed, he said he saw Sawh in front of him and claimed he was so close that he collided with him. Sawh was reportedly attempting to cross the road.

Lewis immediately picked up his motorcycle and drove away and was later taken to the Balwant Singh Hospital to seek medical attention where he was located by the Police.

He was later transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital in a serious but stable condition and is under police guard.

Meanwhile, Lamatt told police that he was driving behind the motorcycle when he saw someone laying on the road and he swerved to avoid a collision but despite his effort, he ran over the person.

He then pulled his vehicle to the side of the road and stopped to investigate when he discovered Sawh laying on the road surface motionless.

The police and ambulance were summoned and Sawh was examined by a doctor at the scene who pronounced him dead. The body was escorted to the Georgetown Hospital Mortuary and is awaiting a post-mortem examination.

Notice of intended prosecution was served on the driver of the motor car who remains in custody assisting with the investigation. A breathalyzer test found no trace of alcohol in his breath.

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