Jude Joseph, a 28-year-old farmer, was fatally struck by a passing car on the Patentia Public Road, Patentia, West Bank Demerara (WCD) yesterday morning as he was heading to the market to buy bread and eggs to make breakfast for his daughters.
Reports indicate that the impact killed Joseph instantly, although he was taken to the West Demerara Regional Hospital to be officially pronounced dead.
The accident occurred around 8:00 am in front of the Patentia Secondary School. Joseph, who lived just four lots north of the school, moved to the area recently to stay with his father after his mother passed away.
Joseph’s wife, his father said, was watching him as he made his way to the market and therefore witnessed the accident. Joseph’s uncle told this newspaper that he saw Jude’s wife dash out of the house and run onto the road as he was doing some chores.
Another of his relatives followed, he added. Not long after, the distraught man said, he heard the voice of his daughter-in-law crying out that Jude had been hit by a car.
Stabroek News understands that the now dead man was hit by a green Toyota Spacio bearing licence plate PRR 5988. The car’s driver reportedly took Jude to the hospital following the accident.
The driver of the car was in police custody up to yesterday afternoon assisting with investigations. Jude leaves his two young daughters, wife, and other relatives to mourn.