Pensioner dies after car plunges into canal

first_imgAs road fatalities continue to skyrocket, a pensioner succumbed while receiving medical attention at the Suddie Hospital on Saturday, after the car he was driving ended up in a canal along the Danielstown Access Road, Essequibo Coast.Royston Peterson of Lot 12 Devonshire Castle, Essequibo Coast was rescued by passers-by and an occupant of the car he was driving moments after it veered off the roadway while negotiating a turn. The accident occurred at about 22:00h on Friday evening.Based on reports received, the 70-year-old man was taken to the Suddie Hospital in an unconscious state, having reportedly consumed murky water as he was trapped inside the vehicle whilst it was partially submerged in the canal.The Police stated the occupant of the car who escaped unhurt reported that the pensioner had been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident. A post mortem is expected to be conducted to determine the cause of his death.Last weekend, at least six persons met their demise following accidents on the East Bank and West Bank of Demerara, and in Berbice. In addition, another two persons lost their lives in two separate accidents on the East Bank of Demerara and on Mandela Avenue in Georgetown.Most of these fatal accidents were as a result of speeding and driving under the influence.last_img read more