Pedal cyclist, 74, dies in Cotton Tree accident

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An accident that occurred Wednesday morning at Cotton Tree, West Coast Berbice has claimed the life of a 74-year-old pedal cyclist, William Johnson, of Railway Line, Rosignol Village, West Bank Berbice.

The accident occurred at about 10:30hrs. Police Headquarters said the accident involved a minibus BRR 1805 driven by a 64-year-old man of Zorgen Hoop Blairmont Village, West Bank Berbice and the now deceased 74-year-old man.

The minibus was proceeding west along the southern side of the road at a normal rate of speed when it collided with Johnson who was proceeding west along the northern side of the said road.

It is alleged that the Johnson suddenly turned south in the path of the bus.

As a result of the impact, the pedal cyclist fell onto the road surface, receiving several bodily injuries.

Johnson was picked up unconscious and taken to the Fort Wellington Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The man’s body is presently at the Bailey Funeral Home awaiting a post-mortem examination.

A breathalyzer test was conducted on the driver, and it showed no trace of alcohol.

The driver remains in custody as further investigations are ongoing.

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