E’bo ‘hit and run’ driver slapped with several charges, gets $2.1M bail


Twenty-one-year-old Derindra Sitaram was on Friday slapped with several charges and granted just over $2 million bail for the horrific hit-and-run accident on the Devonshire Castle public road, Essequibo Coast in the wee hours of Tuesday.

The accident left two fishermen dead.

Sitaram of Devonshire Castle was charged with motor manslaughter when he appeared at the Suddie Magistrate’s Court before Magistrate Esther Sam; he pleaded not guilty to this charge and was granted $2 million bail.

He was also charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and failure to render assistance to the injured persons.

After pleading not guilty to both charges, he was placed on $100,000 bail for driving under the influence and $20,000 bail for failure to render assistance.

The matter was adjourned until February 28, 2023, for disclosure of statements.

The accident resulted in the deaths of 50-year-old Mohan Maniram of Devonshire Castle and 22-year-old Zamaan Rafeek of Jib Paradise.

The News Room had reported that Maniram was towing Rafeek on a bicycle when they were struck down by Sitaram who was reportedly speeding.

Maniram’s head was severed and left on the roadway while his body ended up in a nearby trench. Rafeek’s body, however, was recovered hours later from the same trench.

At the time of the accident, the fishermen were heading to the riverside to prepare to head out to sea.

Sitaram fled the scene and was later arrested by police.

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