Baby dies in Canje accident after drunk firewoman loses control of car


A two-year-old child died on Friday after a speeding car collided with the motorcycle she was being transported on along the Cumberland Public Road, East Canje, Region Six (East Berbice- Corentyne).

Dead is Jasmine Ross of Angoy’s Avenue, New Amsterdam.

The News Room was informed that a 28-year-old firewoman attached to the New Amsterdam Fire Station was driving the car.

She was reportedly intoxicated and speeding when she lost control along the Cumberland Public Road and collided with the motorcycle which had the two-year-old as the pillion rider.

According to reports, the firewoman was driving PGG-278 north along the western lane when the vehicle skidded onto the eastern lane.

The motorcyclist, Marley Ross, was proceeding south along the eastern lane at a normal rate of speed.

Because of the extent of the impact, Ross and the two-year-old were flung into the air and landed onto the eastern parapet where they both received injuries.

The car then skidded onto the eastern grass parapet and crashed into a bridge before coming to an abrupt halt inside a fence.

The accident, which occurred at about 15:00hrs, resulted in other injuries. Shaniya McLeod, 8; Shavine Laundry, 10; and Javeer Blair, 5 (all occupants of the car)

Persons rushed out to offer assistance and the injured persons were taken to the New Amsterdam Public Hospital. The child was pronounced dead while Ross and the occupants of the car received medical treatment.

The driver was also treated and taken into police custody. There, a breathalyzer test was done, it revealed a blood alcohol level of .45 micrograms- an amount significantly above the legal limit.

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