Two women died in an accident on the Linden/Soesdyke Highway on Saturday afternoon, further pushing the number of road deaths on the country’s roadways.
The two women, 54-year-old Melva Lucas and 51-year-old Elsa Fernandes, were standing next to a bus shed at Morudi when an out of control speeding car slammed into them.
The driver of the car has since been arrested. He claims that he was forced to “swerve” from hitting another car that was overtaking on the opposite side, when he lost control and slammed into the bus shed before hitting the two women.
Both women were picked up in an unconscious state and rushed to the Diamond hospital, where they were pronounced dead.
A breathalyzer test was administered to the driver and no trace of alcohol was found in his system. An investigation has been launched into the incident.
Guyana has recorded more than 115 deaths on the country’s roadways for this year. Speeding continues to be the leading cause of road accidents, according to the Guyana Police Force.