The police have released the driver who was allegedly involved in the accident that claimed the life of Triumph handyman Seenauth Persaud, even as investigations into the matter continue.
Traffic Chief Deon Moore confirmed that the driver was freed on station bail after the 72-hour detention period allowed by law, expired. However, he is still assisting the police with investigations.
Persaud called ‘Popo,’ 53, who had no fixed place of abode, died last Thursday evening after he was struck down on the Triumph Railway Embankment, East Coast Demerara by the driver who was reportedly speeding. Persaud sustained massive head injuries including lacerations to the face and was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital in an unconscious state where he died while receiving medical attention.
Police, in a statement, had said the incident occurred at around 7pm while the driver was proceeding west on the southern side of the road. Persaud had allegedly crossed the road from south to north into the path of the vehicle. The driver of the car, PKK 2320, drove himself to the Beterverwagting Police Station after he allegedly struck down Persaud and informed the police of the incident.
The dead man’s nephew had told Stabroek News that he visited the police station the day after the accident where he was given different accounts of what transpired.
Persaud was laid to rest on Monday.