Teen driver in custody after pedestrian, 78, dies in Leonora accident

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A 78-year-old pedestrian died Saturday night in an accident along the Leonora Public Road, West Coast Demerara at about 18:45hrs.

The accident involved a motorcar #PTT 5545 driven by a teenager (17 years old) of Block’  X’ Cornelia Ida, West Coast Demerara, and pedestrian Bernard Marshall, 78, of Norton Street, Georgetown.

Police said motorcar #PTT 5545 was heading East along the road at an average rate of speed due to a heavy downpour of rain when the pedestrian entered the motorcar’s path.

The teen driver alleged that upon seeing the pedestrian, he swerved left to avoid him. Still, despite his effort, the right-side front fender collided with the pedestrian, causing him to fall to the road surface and receive a laceration to his left elbow.

He was picked up in a conscious condition, placed into a passerby vehicle, and taken to the Leonora Cottage Hospital. He was seen and examined by the doctor and was referred to the West Demerara Regional Hospital where he later died.

 

A breathalyzer test was conducted on the driver, and the result was found to be 0.00 BAC.

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