Three die in horrific smash-up at Mahaica


A horrific accident between a motorcycle, two cars and a truck on the Unity Public Road, Mahaica, East Coast Demerara on Saturday night resulted in the death of three persons.

The accident occurred at around 22:04 hrs; two others are hospitalised in serious conditions, Police Headquarters said.

Dead are the driver of the motorcycle 21-year-old Elisha Pellew of Unity, his pillion rider, Raymond Rose, also 21 of Supply, Mahaica and Shawn Persaud who was an occupant in motorcar PGG 9823.

Shawn Persaud also died

This car was being driven by its owner, Balram Thuknauth, a 21-year-old Huntley Mahaicony. The other occupant in this car was Baskar Ramdeen, a 19-year-old of Back Steet Better Hope, ECD.

Another car involved involved in the accident, PAD 171, was also driven by its owner, Keyon Stoute, a 37-year-old of 69 Logwood Enmore, ECD; the truck (BMS 2), owned and driven by Bhupaul Bhawandas, a 51-year-old of Quamina Street, Georgetown.

Police Headquarters said that Thuknauth was proceeding East on the northern driving lane of Unity public road while Stoute was proceeding on the opposite driving lane behind the truck.

Stoute alleged that the motorcycle (with no lights on) overtook him and collided with the right side portion of Thuknauth’s car, which caused the driver to spin twice into the path of motor car PAD 171.

Stoute pulled left to avoid a collision and ended up in the southern driving lane parapet.

The motorcycle and car involved in the accident

As a result of the crash, the motorcyclist and the pillion rider were flung off the motorcycle, collided with the right side of the truck and fell onto the roadway, receiving injuries on their bodies.

Shawn Persaud, who was in the front seat of the car, was pinned down, while the other occupant in the rear seat, Baskar Ramdeen, received injuries about his body.

The motorcyclist, pillion rider, and the two occupants of motor car PGG 9823 were picked up by public-spirited citizens and taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital where three of them were pronounced dead.

Police said Ramdeen was admitted to the facility suffering from a punctured Spleen. Thuknauth was escorted to the Mahicony Cottage Hospital where he is being treated for Cerebral Concussion.

Stoute and the truck driver are in custody.

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  1. habeeb says

    That is 4 more added to the death list of motor vehicle accident.

  2. Derk says

    Another set of senseless loss of young lives! Hence systems such as a complete change of the present methods used for obtaining a drivers licence.
    It is time for a high standard training and testing before one can qualify for licence and with the emerging of more and wider roads it my , the government must look at best practices from more advanced jurisdictions and have these policies implemented as soon as it reasonable possible to prevent this serious public health issue in Guyana.
    Guyana needs these young people!

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