Lethem man killed in tractor trailer accident

Lethem resident Colin Pedro, 21, died on the spot on Tuesday night following a vehicular accident along the Lethem trail in Region Nine.

According to reports, on Tuesday evening, Colin Pedro, his brother Lawrence Pedro and Compton Greene were travelling from Lethem to the community of Yurupukari on a tractor when the incident occurred.

Police said in a press release thatColin Pedro of St Ignatius was in a trailer being pulled by a tractor when the driver lot control of the vehicle which resulted in the trailer toppling and pinning Colin Pedro who was pronounced dead on arrival at the Lethem Hospital.

According to an eyewitness, the driver incident occurred some 39 miles north of Lethem in the vicinity of Mertizero, some 10 miles shy of Yurupukari.

The deceased was at the time travelling at the back of the trailer along with Greene while his brother, who according to a police source was under the influence of alcohol at the time, was driving the vehicle.

The police release said the driver was tested with the use of the breathalyzer and found to be over the prescribed limit in relation to alcohol consumed. The police said he was also an unlicensed driver and he was taken into custody.

Colin Pedro died of multiple injuries including to his head, feet and shoulder. The other two men sustained injuries to their feet, hands and heads, a resident of the community said yesterday.
The men were transporting furniture to a school at Yurupukari at the time of the accident.

A source at the Lethem hospital said yesterday that the relatives of the deceased were upset that hospital staff did not respond to the incident promptly since none of the three doctors or the driver of the hospital’s ambulance could be located when initial reports were received.
Pedro’s body is at the Lethem hospital mortuary.

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