A pedal cyclist died on Tuesday morning after he was struck down on Monday evening in an alleged hit-and-run while riding on the Good Hope Public Road, East Coast Demerara (ECD).
Dead is 21-year-old wash bay attendant Kishore Balasar of Lot 640 Annandale Sand Reef, ECD. Balasar died while receiving medical attention at the Georgetown Public Hospital Intensive Care Unit.
His cousin-in-law, Neesa (only name given), who was being towed at the time also sustained multiple injuries including afractured jaw and she is currently admitted at the said hospital in a stable condition.
Reports revealed that Balasar and Neesa were returning home from Success, ECD on the bicycle when they were hit from the back by a speeding car. The accident occurred around 10.30 pm on Monday while they were returning from visiting a relative where they gone to drop off a few items.
The driver of the car, who was reportedly under the influence of alcohol, did not stop to render any assistance, but was eventually captured by public-spirited citizens and police minutes after. He is currently in police custody assisting with investigations.
Speaking to Stabroek News, Balasar’s mother, Deranie Sahadeo, said she received a call from her son’s employer informing her that he had been involved in an accident. According to Sahadeo, the employer went to her home and took her to the scene where she saw her son lying face down on the roadway with blood oozing from his head and ears. Neesa’s face, she added, was covered with blood and the completely mangled bicycle was on the road.
She said eyewitnesses related to her that Balasar was pitched into the air by the speeding car before he fell to the roadway.
The grieving mother is calling for justice for her son. She stated that he was the sole bread winner of her home. However, she stated that if the driver offers to stand the funeral expenses and compensate the family in any way it will be accepted.
A post-mortem examination is expected to be performed tomorrow.