- deceased was reportedly intoxicated and lying on road
A Herstelling, East Bank Demerara man is now dead after he was reportedly crushed to death by a motor car on Saturday afternoon.
The accident occurred around 15:00h on Saturday at Second Street, Herstelling.
Dead is 48-year-old Kalicharran Goordial, a carpenter of Creekdam, Herstelling. According to Police reports, Goordial was under the influence of alcohol and was lying on the roadway when he was driven over by motor car PVV 4911. The vehicle was at the time being driven by a young man from the village.
“Investigation revealed that the pedestrian, who was said to be highly intoxicated, was lying on the centre of a cross street adjoining to Second Street when the motor car, which was proceeding east along Second Street, suddenly veered north into the cross street and collided with the pedestrian,” the Police said in a statement on Sunday.
The injured man was subsequently taken to the Diamond hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
The driver had reportedly fled the scene after hitting the man. However, he was arrested later on Saturday and taken into custody. A breathalyser test was conducted, and no trace of alcohol was found. He remains in custody assisting with the investigation.
When this media house visited the home of the now deceased man on Sunday, his sister Jasmattie related that she last saw her brother Saturday morning and did not know about his accident until she saw the crowd gathered at the scene.
“I was coming home and I see the crowd, so I thought is a fight or something, but when I walk closer is then I see him,” the woman recalled, adding that this was almost an hour after the accident happened.
“He left lie down there over an hour, because I was coming home minutes to four (o’clock) and he was still there,” she noted. His head was reportedly crushed.
The woman said that they were still unsure as to what exactly transpired since the residents around the area where the accident occurred have been tight-lipped.
When this publication visited the scene, one neighbour said that she had just talked to Goordial and had gone inside when a few minutes after, she heard a commotion outside.
“After I went back inside, he went his way (heading home) and then I heard people shouting and so. When I go out, I see people gathering and then I get to know is he get knock down and lie down there. But I don’t know is how the accident happen,” the resident said.
The body of Goordial is presently at the Lyken Funeral Home awaiting a post-mortem examination, which is expected to be done on Monday.