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Guyana: Driver in deadly Agricola crash gets bail

By News Room Guyana

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The driver of the truck Danion Welcome (James Bond Photo)

(NEWS ROOM GUYANA) — The driver of the truck that killed seven-year-old Ciara Benjamin on the Agricola Public Road, East Bank Demerara Saturday last has been released on $100,000 bail, his lawyer James Bond said in a social media post Wednesday.

“Mr Danion Welcome and his family wishes to thank all for the support and encouragement he has received. He was released on 100,000 bail yesterday and proceeded straight to Woodlands Hospital to drain the oedema from his scalp as the injuries had become infected,” the lawyer stated.

According to Bond, the Police investigations continue and they should have a decision by Friday. Welcome had claimed that he was forced off the road by a taxi.

The Guyana Police Force on Monday said no eyewitnesses have so far come forward to give statements from the crash.

Police Commissioner Leslie James urged eyewitness to come forward. He also said anyone who has video recordings of the incident should also contact the Police Force and present the evidence.

Seven-year-old Ciara Benjamin

It was sometime after 16:00 hrs when the truck crashed into Ciara, who was attempting to cross the road with her aunt Simone Barry.

Following the accident, Welcome was severely beaten by residents with an iron pipe and according to his lawyer, he suffered a fractured skull, severe contusions to the arms, back and neck along with gaping wounds to the scalp. He was subsequently rescued by police and taken into custody.

Welcome’s sand truck was subsequently torched at the scene of the accident after Ciara’s remains were removed.

The Police Commissioner declared that those who beat the driver and torched his truck will be charged.

Welcome’s family spoke with the News Room Monday and said that he was in a traumatized state. They claimed that in his 15 years of driving, Welcome was never involved in an accident before Saturday.

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3 comments

  1. Saint Luca πŸ‡±πŸ‡¨

    Are there any walk overs in the area? Are there any laws related to crossing the median? I don’t understand why anyone would risk their lives and cross the median...much less with a child.
    If you are so fearful of walk overs and you must take three busses to get on the opposite side of the road then do that ....
    My heart hurts for the little girl who was with an adult who did not know better. My heart hurts for the driver! He was beaten like he deliberately took his truck and killed the child... the ignorance of that community puzzles me ! Hope he recovers well πŸ‡±πŸ‡¨

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  2. I believe it was just an accident. He swerved to avoid another vehicle. Its just unfortunate and sad that the little girl died, but its also sad and not right what was done to him. Everything does not deserve street justice and those who beat this man and torched his truck he using to make his daily bread should be charged.

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