Family says biker involved in Mandela Avenue accident ‘didn’t slow down in time’
Relatives of Lakeram Etwaroo called “Anil”, who died on Sunday in an accident on Mandela Avenue, Georgetown, say the man did not slow down in time to avoid the collision.
The 47-year-old man’s younger brother, Christopher Persaud, during an interview with the News Room, said the family has suffered a great loss and is trying to come to terms with the shock of the situation.
Etwaroo, of Diamond New Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara was a father of two- Aarti and Ajay Etwaroo- and husband to Neila Ramsarran.
Police on Monday reported that at about 23:50 hrs, the man was riding motorcycle CH 2546 when he rode into the truck driven by Mohan Ram Narine, 52, of Airy Hall Public Road, Essequibo Coast. He died as a result of the collision.
Persaud said on Sunday, he received a call from his niece informing him that the man was involved in an accident. The family thought it was a serious accident but they didn’t expect the man to be dead when they arrived on the scene.
“It’s a huge loss for us and it was a shock to everyone because we were just hoping when we heard accident it was just minor; we weren’t expecting to go see him put into a body bag,” Persaud said.
He added that the man had never been involved in an accident before. Riders from the Piranha Motorcycle Club, which Etwaroo was part of, later told the family that the man left the riding activity they usually organize every Sunday and was on his way home when the accident occurred.
According to the police, Narine alleged that when he was at the stoplight and in the process of turning right, Etwaroo, who was speeding west along the road, collided into the left side rear wheel of the motor lorry.
The biker’s brother said he accompanied the police to review the CCTV footage of the accident on Monday. He believes that his brother couldn’t see clearly due to his helmet.
“I went and reviewed the footage with them. From what I saw, he didn’t get to slow down in time because the helmet he was wearing has a kind of tinted glass in front of it so I don’t know if he didn’t get to see in time to slow down because of the lane he was in. So when the truck turned to go into the location it was going, he ended up riding into the truck,” the man explained.
As a result of the collision, Etwaroo fell onto the road and received injuries to his head and other parts of his body. He was picked up in an unconscious condition and taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police said Narine was subject to a breathalyzer test, which showed he had no trace of alcohol in his breath. Narine was taken into custody while the motorcycle and motor lorry were lodged.
Persaud said his brother was very fond of riding and it was something that the two men bonded over from a very young age.
“When it comes to the motorcycle stuff, me and him, sometimes we sit and talk about new bikes, what other bikes we are going to buy. Because since I was growing up he’s always been around motorcycles – that (was) his hobby,” Persaud said.
He also said that Etwaroo was very family oriented and spent time either working, riding his bike or with the family.