No one charged

Stabroek News
April 12, 2000

No one has been charged in connection with Guyana's worst ever accident which occurred while a mini-bus was returning from Berbice on March 4.

According to an official from the Traffic Department of the Guyana Police Force the police are still investigating the accident which took the lives of Orlando King, John Douglas, Jermaine Douglas, Keisha Corrica, Roxanne David, Deon Inniss, Violet Sinclair her daughter Ranetta Jessop, Barbra Sinclair, Odessa Joseph and her two-year-old daughter, Kennisha Joseph and Sudella Franklyn.

The accident involved a Route 41 mini-bus, BGG 5656 which had the names 'The King' and the 'Champion,' and a Leyland truck GGG 5290 fetching a load of sand. It occurred at around 0610 hrs on March 4, about 200 yards east of the Mon Repos Market.

The official said that the driver of the truck, Basdeo called Leroy Derrick of Shieldstown, West Coast Demerara who was placed on $100,000 bail has not been taken back into custody.

However, Stabroek News has been reliably informed that no one would be charged with the accident since it was determined that the bus was at fault.

But relatives of the driver of the bus, John Douglas, are still disputing this fact stating that even if their relative was asleep as he reportedly had been and was swerving from one side of the road to the next the driver of the truck should have stopped. They said that the driver of the truck had reportedly not done that since he had gone into the lane of the bus when the accident occurred.