Drivers still in custody after fatal city crash

Both drivers involved in the accident that claimed the life of businessman Derek Mangal remained in custody yesterday, according to Traffic Chief Dion Moore.

Mangal, also known as ‘Branko,’ 45, of Lot 779 Block ‘X’ Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara, died on Monday morning after he was struck off his motorcycle by one of two vehicles that collided after their drivers failed to stop at the intersection of Camp and Middle streets, Georgetown.

Derek Mangal

Contacted for an update yesterday afternoon, Moore confirmed that both drivers remained in custody and added that the police were working to complete the investigation today

While he was unable to state whether Mangal was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, he said that one was found at the scene.

The helmet, Moore said, had an indentation.

The accident occurred around 07:30 hrs on Monday.

The police, in a press release, had said that investigations revealed that motor car PPP 9843 was proceeding north along the western carriageway, whilst motorcar PPP 3751 was proceeding west along Middle Street.

“As the vehicles approached the intersection both drivers failed to stop which resulted in the front of PPP 3751 colliding with the right side of PPP 9843, causing the latter to spin around and collide with Mangal, who was proceeding east along the northern side of Middle Street,” the police had explained.

As a result of the impact, Mangal was pitched off his motorcycle.

Mangal, who sustained injuries to his head and about his body, was subsequently taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. A post-mortem examination is scheduled to be conducted today.

Mangal was the owner of Emma’s Collection, which is located in the Regent Multiplex Mall on Regent Street, George-town.

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