Eight killed in highway smash up
Six injured

Stabroek News
July 4, 2000

Dead are the driver of the car Aubrey Phillips called `Plait Hair', Harrinarine Geer, 29, his wife Michelle Hinds, 25, and their daughter 9-year-old Ramona Geer of Cooper Street, Albouystown and Joel Hamer 7, of Non Pariel Street, Albouystown. Up to 2 am today three of the dead persons were yet to be identified as family members had not come forward.

Injured are Samuel and Sylvester Gonsalves, 12, and eight-years-old respectively, Latoya Paul, 13 of 10 Soesdyke, East Bank Demerara, Nicola Dickson 28, of 15 Non Pariel, the mother of Hamer, Venus Cozier and Shaka Arthur. Arthur, driver of the canter truck, who was on his way to his chicken farm at Kuru Kururu, was listed with another of the injured as being in a serious but stable condition. A boy of around seven years, a teenaged girl and a woman are still unidentified.

The accident involving the two cars PGG 4502, HA 7651, the ill-fated vehicle and the canter truck GFF 5176, occurred in the vicinity of Kuru Kururu just after 19:00 hrs.

According to reports, family and friends left in two cars for one of the creeks off the Linden Highway to spend the day. They were on their way home driving behind each other when tragedy struck. Reports claimed that the driver of the ill-fated car travelling at a fast rate attempted to overtake the one in front which was being driven by Delly Gonsalves. Phillips slammed into the canter truck which was proceeding in the opposite direction killing himself and all the passengers in his car. The car driven by Gonsalves was also involved in the accident but not seriously damaged.

Those injured were in the second car and the canter truck. Dickson told Stabroek News that she had put her son Joel in the ill-fated car because he was smaller than her 13-year-old niece Latoya Paul who stayed in the second car with her and her 9-year-old daughter Andrea. Phillips' wife Sandra Sookcharran of 77 James Street, Albouystown stated that yesterday morning she gave him some money to buy gas for the trip to the creek. She revealed that he had to borrow a battery from a friend. Phillips, a father of two, would have been 35 today.

The carnage on the road continues unabated, on Sunday three persons lost their lives when the mini-bus they were travelling in on their way to work at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Timehri crashed into a post at Soesdyke.

Before that on March 6, 12 persons lost their lives when two mini- buses collided at Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara.

On December 4, 1999, seven persons died in a four-vehicle collision at Happy Acres, ECD.

On October 31, 1999, three persons died on the East Bank Road. Another four were killed in separate accidents.

And on September 17, six people died when a mini-bus smashed into a truck at Bamia on the Linden Highway. (Leonard Gildarie, Desiree Jodah and Steve Ninvalle)

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