Coverden smash-up: Truck Driver remanded to prison


The truck driver during his Court appearance. [Ritish Bagwandin. [iNews' Photo]
The truck driver during his Court appearance. [Ritish Bhagwandin. [iNews’ Photo]
[] -The Truck Driver, 20-year-old Ritish Bhagwandin of 12 Hope, East Coast Demerara, involved in last Friday’s, October 18 ‘Coverden Smash-up’ has been remanded to prison until November 15.

Bhagwandin appeared before Chief Magistrate Priya Beharry in the Georgetown Magistrates Court on Thursday, October 24 charged with four counts of causing death by dangerous driving.

He had no legal representation and pleaded not guilty to the charges during his arraignment.

The court heard that on October 18 at Coverden, East Bank Demerara the accused drove motor lorry GPP 8495 in a dangerous manner. In so doing, the sand truck ended up in the path of a route 72 mini bus – BPP 3521 – that was proceeding in the opposite direction resulting in the collision of the two vehicles.

The horrific accident caused the death of Loretta Evans, Delroy Evans, Pulmattie Samaroo and Felix Marcs, who was the driver of the mini bus at the time. Several other persons including a baby were severely injured.

Police Prosecutor Bharrat Mangru objected to bail on the grounds that the matter is a very serious one, an objection that was upheld by the Magistrate. [Royan Abrams]


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