Soesdyke woman dies in Land of Canaan bus crash

-unlicensed driver held

A Soesdyke woman was killed on Friday afternoon, while several others were injured after the unlicensed driver of the minibus they were travelling in lost control of the vehicle along the Land of Canaan Public Road, on the East Bank of Demerara and collided with a utility pole.

Dead is 52-year-old Yvonne Mohan, who was pronounced dead on arrival at the Diamond Diagnostic Centre, where she and the other accident victims, who included children, were taken, following the accident.

The injured have been identified as Anna Chung, a resident of Coverden, Serena Wilson, 12, of Soesdyke Housing Scheme, Shelly Dabydeen, 13 of Kuru Kuru, Rajroop Persaud, 61, of Pearl, Devon Sobers, 35 of Kuru Kuru and a 10-year-old boy.

Two of the victims, including Persaud, were transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where they are being treated.

The 24-year-old unlicensed driver of the minibus, who is a resident of Sophia, was taken into custody. The accident occurred around 5.45 pm on Friday.

The police, in a press release, said initial investigations revealed that minibus BWW 4543 was proceeding south along the East Bank Public Road, allegedly at a fast rate, when the driver lost control while negotiating a turn.

As a result, the bus turned turtle and crashed into an electrical pole.

Sunday Stabroek was reliably informed that the owner of the minibus is currently in the interior.

This newspaper was also told that the minibus is normally driven by an individual to transport school children on a daily basis. However, on Friday afternoon, the individual did not turn up to pick up the school children and the unlicensed driver volunteered to complete his duties.

The driver in custody is alleged to have initially claimed to be a member of the Guyana Police Force.

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