Driver on $1M bail over death of Linden couple in EBD smash-up

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Dead: Olisa Sanderson Valcin and Nicholas Valcin

 

The driver who is accused of causing the death of a heavily pregnant woman and her husband in an accident was on Monday released on $1 million bail. Carl Craig, 50, of 150 Public Road, Soesdyke, East Bank Demerara (EBD) appeared before Principal Magistrate Judy Latchman at the Diamond/Golden Grove Magistrates’ Courts. 

Craig denied the charge which stated that on November 18, 2021, at Caledonia Public Road, EBD, he drove motor lorry GWW 4922 in a manner dangerous to the public thereby causing the death of 42-year-old Lloyd Valcin and his wife, 31-year-old Olisa Valcin.

The now dead couple resided at Wisroc Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice). Magistrate Latchman granted Craig bail in the sum of $500,000 on each of the two counts. 

His next court date is on December 15. 

The accident occurred around 14:45 hours. A Police report said that the accident involved a motor lorry GWW 4922 owned and driven by Craig and motorcar PXX 8815 owned and driven by Lloyd Valcin.

Reports indicate that the motor lorry was proceeding north along the western side of Caledonia Public Road, EBD whilst the motorcar was proceeding south along the eastern side of the said road. 

As both vehicles were approaching a landfill site situated on the western side of the road, an unknown motor lorry which was transporting sand was reversing from east to west on the road into the landfilling site.

As a result, motor lorry GWW 4922 pulled in a northeasterly direction to pass the reversing lorry. In so doing, the motor lorry ended up in the path of motorcar PXX 8815 and collided head-on. 

As a result of the collision, the driver of the motorcar, his wife who was in the left side front seat, and Williams who was in the rear seat received injuries to their heads and about their bodies. 

 

They were all taken out of the car in an unconscious condition by the Police and public-spirited citizens and escorted to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre. Valcin and his wife died while receiving treatment. 

Williams was transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation where he has been admitted as a patient suffering from body trauma. A breathalyzer test which was conducted on the driver of the motor lorry found that he had no trace of alcohol in his system.

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