Fourth East Bank accident victim dies

Stabroek News
July 6, 2000

The death toll in this week's two crashes on the East Bank Demerara and the Soesdyke/Linden Highway has risen to 12, with the death of Stain Masters employee, Maylene Frank, yesterday. According to relatives of 43-year-old Frank, of 269 East Ruimveldt, she died around 0730 hrs.

The mother of five had been one of three survivors of Sunday morning's crash at Coverden, East Bank Demerara, which left three persons dead. Relatives said that Frank had only started working at the cleaning company two weeks ago. It was also disclosed that the company was looking after the funeral expenses.

Three other persons, Lennox Alleyne, 27, of 8 Stanleytown, West Bank Demerara, Joel Edwards, 30, of 129 Regent Street, and Andre Burrowes, 16, of 46 Princess Street, Wortmanville, all died when a mini-bus taking five Stain Masters employees to the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Timehri ran off the road at Coverden, and crashed into a wallaba post.

Kester Williams, 25, another survivor, is still in the Georgetown Public Hospital nursing bruises and a broken arm and leg.

Meanwhile, police investigations are continuing into the three-vehicle smashup along the Linden Highway, on Monday evening, which left eight persons dead. The dead persons were all passengers of a taxi, HA 7651, which was one of two vehicles returning with family and friends from one of the creeks on the highway. The taxi, driven by Aubrey Phillips, 29, crashed head on into a Canter truck travelling in the opposite direction.

The other car, PGG 4502, driven by Delly Gonsalves, was also involved in the accident. Gonsalves and his wife, this newspaper understands, were up to yesterday in police custody "assisting with investigations."

Driver of the canter truck, Shaka Arthur, and another survivor, Venus Cozier, were both in a stable condition at the Georgetown Public Hospital yesterday.

Monday's accident was the latest in a series of major and fatal ones that have rocked the country over the past few months.

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