A 43-YEAR-OLD miner died when his car crashed into a parked sand truck at Soesdyke, East Bank Demerara around 4:00 hours Tuesday.
Herman David of 1538 Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara and formerly of 67 John Street, Campbellville, was flung out of the car he was driving and died soon after the collision near the Soesdyke/Linden Highway junction.
When the Guyana Chronicle visited the scene yesterday, parts from the vehicles were scattered on the roadway but both vehicles had already been removed.
Police told this newspaper that David was driving motor car PTT 9168 north on the eastern carriageway along the Soesdyke public road and apparently swerved away from a ‘median’ which was installed at the center of the four-lane highway. He seemed to have lost control of his vehicle and swerved into the side of the parked truck. The impact resulted in the car breaking in two.
The driver and owner of the truck, Hoblall Harriram of Non Pariel, East Coast, Demerara said he had loaded his truck with 10 tons of white sand but while travelling back to Georgetown the vehicle experienced mechanical difficulties. He parked the truck and was awaiting another vehicle to tow it to the city.
Harriram said around 4:00 hours while he sat in the driver’s seat and was resting his head on the steering wheel he heard a loud sound and felt an impact.
He said he saw the driver of the car on the parapet and he seemed dead. Persons in the area came out and contacted police and a relative of David transported his body to a city hospital in another vehicle.
A brother of the dead man told this newspaper that David’s wife was inside the house “in a terrible pain” and still in shock. “She can’t believe it… I can’t even speak. I’m his brother, I going through the same pain right now because he died.”
It is understood that David had transported his wife Candacy to the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) at Timehri to catch a flight and was on his way back home when the accident occurred.
According to reports, the man’s wife cancelled her flight after hearing of her husband’s demise. She returned to their Diamond home.