Herman John, the pedestrian who was struck on Friday evening by a vehicle belonging to the presidential convoy along the Friendship Public Road, East Bank Demerara, has been discharged from the hospital, while police are now investigating the circumstances surrounding the accident.
John, 31, of New Hope Housing Scheme, was hospitalised in an unconscious state at the Diamond Diagnosis Centre following the accident, which occurred at about 7.40 pm.
At the time of the accident, the presidential convoy was heading to Georgetown. The president, who was not an occupant at the time, visited the discharged John yesterday morning, the Ministry of the Presidency subsequently said.
Sunday Stabroek was told that at the time of the accident, motor jeep PPP 3, which was driven by Sergeant 1852 Caleb, who is stationed at the Presidential Guard, was proceeding north along the western lane of the public road. As he approached New Hope village, it is alleged that John ran out of a rum shop, which is located on the western side of the road and into the path of the vehicle. As a result, the driver reportedly swerved to avoid hitting John, but the vehicle’s left wing mirror clipped him.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Presidency, in a press release yesterday, confirmed that John had been released from the hospital after treatment.
It noted that President Granger visited him at his home around 5 am yesterday.
It said that the Ministry was informed that arrangements were being made to have him receive further medical attention.