Harrylall Boodram, a 60-year-old man of Lusignan Area ‘B’, Grass Field, East Coast Demerara (ECD) is battling for his life after he was struck down by a drunken driver on Monday.
Police Headquarters reported that the accident occurred at around 16:05 hrs on the Ogle Public Road, ECD and involved a motorcar bearing registration number PWW 3734 that was being driven by Shiva Mangra, a 38-year-old of Industry Crown Dam, ECD.
Enquiries disclosed that the motor car was proceeding west along the southern carriageway at a fast rate of speed when the driver lost control of the vehicle and collided with the pedestrian who was standing on the southern side of the road on the parapet.
As a result of the collision, Boodram was flung several feet further west on the southern driving lane, while the motorcar PWW 3734 then collided into a building situated on the southern parapet and turned turtle with its wheels up.
As a result of the collision, the pedestrian fell onto the road surface and received injuries to his head and body. He was picked up in an unconscious state by Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT), placed in an ambulance and taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation.
His condition is regarded as serious. A breathalyzer test was conducted on the driver and same read .118BAC and .117BAC respectively. The driver is in custody assisting with investigations.
Driving while above the prescribed alcohol limit and losing control of your vehicle attracts a hefty fine/jail time. Last week, the government passed amendments to the Motor Vehicle and Road Traffic Act for the penalty for driving under the influence and losing control of your vehicle to be increased from $30,000 to $60,000 fine/imprisonment for 12 months to $200,000 for first-time offenders and $300,000 for second-time offenders.
Persons can be charged with drunk driving if, when tested, their blood alcohol content is found to exceed the prescribed limit of 35 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, and their blood alcohol concentration exceeds 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood.