President, Opposition Leader visit relatives of dead teacher, students


Opposition Leader, David Granger and one of the grieving relatives. [iNews’ Photo]
[] – President Donald Ramotar and Leader of the Opposition, David Granger both made separate visits on Saturday (February 21) to the grieving relatives of those who lost their lives in the horrific accident on Friday, February 20 on the Burma Branch Road, Mahaicony.

Teacher, Shaundel Duke and six of her students from the Augsburg Primary School died when the car they were traveling in veered off the road and into a deep canal. At the time of the accident, they were returning from Mashramani celebrations; Duke was the driver.

Dead: Azikia Fraser, 6 years; Adeshe Woolford, 9 years.

The President was accompanied by Education Minister Priya Manickchand, Transport Minister Robeson Benn and several regional officials.

In offering words of comfort, Ramotar said that the tragedy is one which would leave any family or community in a state of shock. The President made several promises to the families, while Minister Benn committed that the Burma Road which is presently under repairs will be completed shortly.

President Donald Ramotar comforts one of the relatives. [iNews’ Photo]
Meanwhile, earlier in the day, Presidential Candidate for the APNU/AFC Coalition, David Granger also visited the families, where he sought to bring some amount of comfort to them.

According to the police, it is suspected that the teacher had lost control of the vehicle as they were returning home from the school Mash event.

The children who lost their lives in the incident are Martina Persaud, 7 years; Asia Abel, 10 years; Azikia Fraser, 6 years; Adeshe Woolford, 9 years; Justin Abel, 8 years; and Rayden Abel, 7 years, all of Mahaicony.

Dead: Martina Persaud.

The teacher and her students were rushed to the Mahaicony Hospital where they were pronounced dead. [Leroy Smith]