Police to seek legal advice on triple fatality in Jib accident

Corwin Paul

The police are currently in the process of compiling a case file in connection with last month’s fatal accident at Jib Public Road, Essequibo Coast which claimed the lives of three persons including a six-month-old infant.

Divisional Commander Khali Pareshram yesterday informed Stabroek News that once this is completed, the file will be dispatched to the Chambers of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for legal advice on the way forward.

The accident occurred around 2.35 pm on September 21, when two vehicles; a car and a pick-up collided while approaching the bridge connecting Jib and Paradise, Essequibo Coast.

Eighty-year-old Adam Barakat, a resident of Bounty Hall, Essequibo Coast, was the only occupant of the pick-up.  He was admitted at the Suddie Public Hospital and was subsequently discharged.  He is at home recuperating.

The car was driven by health care worker Corwin Paul, 38, who was accompanied by Tristiana Joseph, 19, and her six-month-old son Jevon Joseph.

After the collision, they were all rushed to the Suddie Public Hospital, where Paul, of Windsor Castle, Essequibo Coast, and the infant were subsequently pronounced dead on arrival.

Tristiana, a resident of Dredge Creek, Upper Pomeroon River, was also taken to the hospital, where she was admitted in the intensive care unit in critical condition.

She, however, succumbed later that evening.

This newspaper was previously informed that preliminary investigations indicated that the pick-up, GPP 5205, was travelling east along the northern lane of the road, while the car, PSS 2174, was proceeding in the opposite direction. Paul, it is claimed, was speeding and lost control of the vehicle while negotiating a turn.

As a result, he collided head on with the pick-up.

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