December 22, 2014

One dead, another critical after Crane accident

A boys’ night out turned tragic just after midnight on Friday when the car in which they were travelling crashed into a lantern pole while negotiating a turn at

Dead: Asif Hussain

Dead: Asif Hussain

Crane Village, West Coast Demerara, leaving one dead and another in a critical state.

Asif Hussain, 29, of Lot 37-38 Independence Street, La Grange, West Bank Demerara, succumbed to his injuries at the West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH) while Masud Khan, 20, of Lot 4 Independence Street, La Grange, West Bank Demerara is in a critical state at the St Joseph Mercy Hospital.

According to information received, Hussain, a former Demerara Gold employee; Khan, a clerk attached to the Guyana Bank For Trade and Industry (GBTI) and two others went to a popular drinking spot on the West Coast of Demerara and were on their way home when the accident occurred.

The two other men are reportedly in custody at the Vreed-en-Hoop Police Station assisting with investigations. From all indications, the dead man was sitting in the front passenger’s seat of the motor car when the driver reportedly lost control and ended up driving into a lamp post.

Sad news

At the house of the dead man, his father, Sheik Hussain, told Guyana Times that he was at home when about 12:30h he received a call from one of his neighbours informing him that his only son was involved in an accident at Crane Turn.

He said that after receiving the call, his wife and daughters panicked and started to scream, but they broke down a few minutes later after another telephone call came in stating that his son was dead. The father stated that he did not go to the scene, but his daughters went.

From reports received, his son might have died on the spot, but was rushed to the WDRH where he was pronounced dead on arrival. The driver’s side of the Toyota Turbo was not damaged, but the left side of the vehicle was completely wrecked.

Sheik described his son as a peaceful person who likes to party. A police source told this newspaper that the men might have been under the influence of alcohol and were returning home after spending the night out drinking.

The source also believes that Hussain was sleeping at the time of the accident. This publication also understands that Khan was allegedly driving the motor car.

At Khan’s home, the father of the injured man claimed that he was not properly briefed on the accident, but his younger son who was at the scene told Guyana Times that the family will not be offering any comment to the media.

Transferred

Khan was initially taken to the West Demerara Regional Hospital, but due to the seriousness of his injuries, he was transferred to the St Joseph Mercy Hospital.

Meanwhile, close friends of the dead man were in a state of shock when they woke up on Saturday morning to be greeted with the tragic news. Mark stated that it is less than a week after Hussain’s friend, Kirk Davis, was gunned down.

“Life is so unpredictable… only Tuesday night Kirk dead and now Asif… this is more than a lesson… You could be alive this moment and the next you are no more,” he said. Hussain is an ardent motor racing fan and loves to ride the super bikes.

His body is at the Ezekiel Funeral Home. He is survived by his parents and two sisters.

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