Sophia woman, 65, dies after ‘squeezed’ by garbage truck

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Police are investigating a fatal accident that occurred on Thursday at about 11:30hrs in a street in ‘B’ Field, Sophia, Greater Georgetown.

The accident involved a garbage truck GYY 7351 owned by Puran Brothers Trucking and Disposal Services and driven at the time by an employee Tulsiedas Surgrim, a 45-year-old of Leonora Pasture, West Coast Demerara.

The accident resulted in the death of a 65-year-old Yvonne Morrison of 

‘B’ Field, Sophia. Enquiries disclosed that both the pedestrian and the  garbage truck were proceeding in a westernly direction.

It was alleged by the driver that whilst in the process of passing the pedestrian, he sounded the vehicle horn and the pedestrian stopped and  allowed the garbage truck to pass.

As the truck proceeded forward, it  was further alleged that Morrison lost her balance, fell onto the road surface and  under the said garbage truck where the left rear wheel ‘squeezed’ her.

The porters immediately signaled to the driver to stop, which prevented the rear wheel from crushing the pedestrian. 

As a result, the pedestrian was picked up in a semi-conscious condition by the driver and the porters and was placed into a motor car and transported to the Georgetown Public Hospital where she died a few hours later.

Her body was then escorted to the Memorial Gardens Mortuary awaiting a post-mortem examination. 

Police ranks have since visited the scene and taken statements and measurements. A notice of intended prosecution was on the driver. Police ranks also photographed the garbage truck which was examined by a Licensing and Certifying officer.

Additionally, a breathalyzer test was conducted on the driver and he had no trace of alcohol on his breath. The area was checked for witnesses and one came forward. Also, Police plan to review CCTV footage from a nearby resident. The driver is in custody as  further investigations continue.

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