Tuschen man knocked dead by car driven by GDF officer

The car involved in the accident (Police photo)

The police say they are investigating a fatal accident which occurred about 10.20  last night on the De Willem Public Road, WCD involving motor car PWW 5680 driven by a 28-year-old Gazetted Officer of the Joint Services; who resides in South Ruimveldt Gardens and pedestrian Roopchand Ramkellowan, 35 years of Tuschen Housing Scheme, EBE (deceased).

 Investigations, police said in a statement today, revealed that the victim was crossing the road  when he was struck by the motor car which was proceeding east along the northern carriageway. The pedestrian was rushed to the Leonora Cottage Hospital in an unconscious state and was pronounced dead on arrival. An unlicensed pistol with four live rounds was found on his person.

Meanwhile, the driver is in custody assisting with the investigation; a breathalyzer test revealed that his breath alcohol level was above the legal limit.

The body is presently at the Ezekiel Funeral Home awaiting a post-mortem.

The GDF today issued the following press release on this matter:

Guyana Defence Force Lieutenant (Coast Guard) assisting Police with their investigations into a Fatal Accident which occurred last night at around 2200 hours on the De Willem Public Road

Lieutenant (Coast Guard) Eson Trim is currently assisting the police with their investigations into an alleged fatal accident which resulted in the death of Roopchand Ramkellowan, male age 35, which occurred on the De Willem Public Road, West Coast Demerara.

The Chief of Staff, Officers and Ranks of the Guyana Defence Force regret this unfortunate incident and extend our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.    

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