Update: Pensioner killed in accident with GDF truck

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…one-year-old who was with him hospitalized

Harry Persaud, also called “Saw doctor”, a pensioner of Lot 7 Public Road, Soesdyke, East Bank Demerara, was on Saturday morning giving his year-old granddaughter Divya Gurucharran a ride on his pedal cycle as he traversed the East Bank Demerara highway en route to the Rubis Service Station at Soesdyke to purchase an item, when a vehicle belonging to the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) struck them off the cycle.

Dead: Harry Persaud
Dead: Harry Persaud

They both were picked up by the same GDF vehicle and taken to the Diamond Regional Hospital, where the 65-year-old Persaud was pronounced dead on arrival while his granddaughter was transferred to, and admitted a patient at, the Georgetown Public Hospital. The dead man leaves to mourn his wife and five children among other relatives. His body was taken to Lyken’s Funeral Home awaiting a post-mortem.

Tasha Persaud, a daughter of the now dead man, told this publication that she was not at home, but received a telephone call from a relative, informing her of the accident.

Based on what she was told, she said, the army vehicle was responsible for the accident. She noted that her father sustained injuries to his head and other parts of the body, while her niece suffered a fractured shoulder and lacerations to her hand and head. The infant is, however, out of danger and has been listed as being in stable condition.

The injured child,  Divya Gurucharran, who is hospitalised
The injured child

The Guyana Defence Force, in a statement, declared that a Board of Inquiry has been established to investigate the circumstances surrounding the accident, which occurred at about 10:30hrs and involved a pick-up that was driven by a GDF rank.

The rank was taken into Police custody and is assisting with the investigations.

Police are continuing their investigations.

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