A 52-year-old woman was last night hit down and killed by a car on Regent Street in the vicinity of Kanhai’s Electrical Store as she was attempting to cross the road. The driver is in police custody.
Dead is Drewpattie Richards of Triumph, East Coast Demerara who was killed minutes after leaving a Robb Street, Bourda liquor store.
Reports reaching Stabroek News are that the woman was seen staggering across the road before the car, PKK 8612 collided with her. The driver rushed the barely alive Richards to the Georgetown Hospital just before 8 pm. She breathed her last breath in the treatment room of the Accident and Emergency Unit.
This newspaper was told that she sustained massive head injuries.
When this newspaper arrived at the scene, one side of her slipper was still on the roadway. The point of impact as well as where her body lay after the collision was already marked.
At the hospital, the woman’s two children were distraught. Richards’s husband Norman Bennett told this newspaper that the woman’s niece had called and informed them that Richards had been involved in an accident and was dead.
He said that he along with their children and other relatives went to the Georgetown Hospital where she was positively identified.
The man said that Richards would normally “come to town to take some liquor”. The woman apparently had a favourite spot as when relatives wanted to reach her they would call that shop.
He said that it was the same drinking problem that got her involved in another accident a few months ago. She sustained a broken ankle, he said.
According to relatives, Richards left home on Friday morning but they were adamant that she was not in the habit of staying away for long periods of time.