A Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Lance Corporal died after he was struck down early yesterday morning in front of a popular night club at Pouderoyen, West Bank Demerara by a drunk driver. According to the Police, around 3 am, 29-year-old Marvin Dodson, of Cross Street, Alexander Village, was standing on the eastern side of the Pouderoyen Public Road, outside of a popular night club, when he was struck down by a drunk driver.
Initial investigations have reveal that a bus, BTT 8922, which was being driven by a 31-year-old resident of Schoonord, West Bank Demerara, was driving south at a fast rate on the eastern side of the road, while Dodson, along with friends, were standing on the same side of the road in front of the night club.
The bus subsequently collided with him, pitching his body several feet across the road. Dodson was then picked up in an unconscious state and was rushed to the West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH). His condition did not improve and he was then rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was treated. He remained in an unconscious state for several hours until succumbing around midday.
According to the Police, before the driver was arrested, he was allegedly assaulted by a group of persons and also had to seek medical attention at the WDRH. He was then given a breathalyzer test and was found to be above the legal limit and is currently in police custody assisting with the investigation.
“I was in me house early the morning cause I de just wake up and I just hear a loud knock that go ‘brap’ and I hear people screaming and when I peep out I see somebody [lying] on the road and nuff people. Them man does drive crazy on this road but them people that does deh liming by that club does deh all over and sometimes on the road,” one eyewitness related to Stabroek News.
The man explained that whenever the club has events, large parts of the road would be filled with people, hindering the free flow of traffic.