Essequibo woman killed by suspected drunken driver

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By Kurt Campbell

[www.inewsguyana.com] – A woman was killed on the spot when a car lost control and slammed into her at Hibernia on the Essequibo Coast, this afternoon, Wednesday September 19.

The woman has been identified as 52 – year – old Lowchantie Yachpaul aka Sookoo. According to an eyewitness, the woman was riding her bike heading to the back-dam where she cultivates rice when the incident occurred.

The eyewitness related that the woman suffered a broken leg and injuries to her head. According to the eyewitness, the driver of the car appeared to be under the influence of alcohol.

“It was a horrible sight, I can’t even look, all she brain was on the road and the bicycle fold up,” the eyewitness said. The driver of the car is believed to be in police custody assisting with investigations.

The Guyana Police Force only last week reported an increase in road fatalities for 2013. From January 1 to the end of August 2013, 67 persons died from 64 accidents, while in 2012, 65 persons died from 61 accidents.

So far, pedestrians have been the main road users affected with 24 such persons having lost their lives at the end of August 2013. In addition, 11 motor cyclists, 10 pedal cyclists, 8 drivers of motor vehicles, 2 pillion riders and 12 passengers of motor vehicles all lost their lives.

According to the police, speeding continues to be a major contributing factor to fatal accidents and was the cause of 48 of the 64 fatal accidents recorded at the end of August 2013.

Traffic enforcement by the police during the period January to August 2013 resulted in a total of 57, 372 cases being made against errant motorists; of this total 14, 824 cases were for speeding.

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