A 45-year-old motorcyclist (and his bird) are now dead after he was slammed into a lantern post at the intersection of Middle and Camp Streets, Georgetown, as a result of an accident between a Toyota Allion and a Toyota Raum.
Dead is businessman and father of one, Derek Mangal of lot 779 Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara.
Based on information received, the accident occurred around 07:30hrs on Monday while the now dead man was stationary on his motorcycle, CF 4958, at Middle Street, Georgetown, waiting on the traffic lights to allow him to continue traveling east.
Inews understands that the white Toyota Allion, which was being driven by a female, was travelling from east to west on Middle Street, while a “two toned brown” Toyota Raum, being driven by a male, was heading North on Camp Street.
An eyewitness recalled that the Toyota Allion ran the traffic light and collided into the right rear of the Toyota Raum resulting in it slamming into Mangal, pinning him to a lantern post.
The eyewitness relayed that he rushed the visibly injured man to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead on arrival.
At the accident scene, the front of the white Allion was badly damaged and the licence plates had been removed.
The damaged motorcycle belonging to Mangal was parked in the compound of Brickdam Police Station, while the Raum was nowhere to be found. Upon inquiring, Inews was told that the police had questioned the driver and he was subsequently released.
Relatives of Mangal described him as a peaceful and jovial individual who operated a store in the Multiplex Mall.
They told reporters that Mangal would routinely “drive out” his bird just before he opened his store in the mornings.
His bird cage was reportedly found at the scene of the accident, with the bird dead.
Investigations are ongoing. (Ramona Luthi)