Fatal accident: Speeding driver jumps traffic light, crashes into cops at BV


A speeding driver on Thursday night jumped the traffic light at Beterverwagting, East Coast Demerara, and crashed into two female police officers, killing one of them on the spot.

Dead is Woman Constable Annette Abel, a 53-year-old of Perth Village, Mahaicony, East Coast Demerara, and attached to the Beterverwagting (BV) Police Station’s Traffic Department.

At the time of the accident, Abel and Woman Inspector Shenay Castello were manning a roadblock outside the BV Police Station.

“Constable Abel was struck down after the driver of a speeding vehicle (Jeep) jumped the traffic lights, lost control of his vehicle and ploughed into her and another colleague at the roadblock at around 22:00 hrs last night (Thursday),” Police Headquarters reported.

The tragic accident involved motor Jeep PVV 8278 driven by a 44-year-old man from Front Road, East Ruimveldt, Georgetown.

The occupants of the car were a 46-year-old female of ‘A’ Field South Sophia and a 75-year-old male from East Ruimveldt, Georgetown.

The driver of the jeep also crashed into motor car PNN 8124, driven by a 24-year-old of North Better Hope, ECD and motor car PAB 9932 driven by a 30-year-old of Buxton which were stationary at the time.

The scene following the accident. (Photo: News Room/November 17,2023)

According to the police, the driver of the motor Jeep, after jumping the traffic light, lost control of his vehicle and struck Woman Constable Abel into motor car PAB 9932 which then collided with motor car PNN 8124.

The latter vehicle then spun and collided with Woman Inspector Castello and one of the drivers, Chris Allen, who were all flung into the air.

Woman Constable Abel landed about 20 feet away on the road surface with her left foot severed below the knee. Woman Inspector Castello and Allen landed on the southern grass parapet. They all received injuries on their bodies, while the motor Jeep turned turtle on the southern grass parapet.

The EMT was summoned and Woman Constable Abel was pronounced dead at the scene.

The occupants of the Jeep all received injuries and were escorted to Georgetown Public Hospital along with the Woman Inspector, where they are seeking medical attention at the Accident and Emergency Unit. The body of Woman Constable Abel was escorted to Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, awaiting  a Post-Mortem Examination

The scene was visited last night by Regional Commander 4‘C’ Assistant Commissioner Khali Pareshram and a team of Police ranks. Investigations continue.

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