Two friends killed, third missing after car plunges into Canal Polder trench

Two friends are dead and a third missing after the car they were travelling in toppled several times and plunged into a trench at Canal Number 2 Polder, West Bank Demerara around 12.30 am yesterday.

The bodies of Premraj ‘Kevin’ Bhola, 19, and Aleem Suloman, 19, of Belle West Scheme were discovered when the white wagon, PRR 2932 was pulled out of the trench around 7 am. Ganesh Sewcharran, 20, who was said to have been driving the vehicle had not been found up to press time last night.

Reports are that Sewcharran, also of Belle West, stole the car that his stepfather had rented and took his friends out for a drive after a drinking spree earlier in the village. The car was apparently headed in the direction of Georgetown.

A resident, George Welcome, said he heard a loud impact and when he and other residents ran out they did see anything.

“We know it was a vehicle, but we didn’t know what kind. It was already in the trench and the water was very high [so it covered the car],” Welcome said.

Early yesterday morning they went back to the scene and saw the car because the water level had dropped a bit.

A tractor subsequently came and pulled the car out of the trench. It was then that the residents discovered Sulomon’s body, which had been flung from the backseat to the middle of the front seats and Bhola’s body in the front passenger’s seat.

Bhola’s father, Nandkishorelall ‘Max’ Seeraj, 54, said his son usually slept with his grandmother in the lower flat and he was not aware that he was not at home.

“About 7 o’clock a car man come and tell me that my son was in an accident at Stanleytown and he drowned,” the man recalled. When he arrived at the scene he saw his son’s body on the parapet.

His sister, Priya, told this newspaper that her brother would normally hang out late with his friends in the village. She said her mother told her that he had gone home around 11 pm to get his ID card, but she refused to give it to him. He apparently wanted to go to….