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A woman was killed in an accident on the Zeeburg Public Road, West Coast Demerara Saturday when a car slammed into her bicycle, police have reported.
Police in a press release said that the accident occurred about 15:20 hrs on Zeeburg Public Road, WCD, involving a hire car owned and driven by a 44 year old male contractor and resident of Zeelugt, East Bank Essequibo and pedal cyclist Somattie Persaud, age 39 years and fish vendor of Lot 75 Mandal Street Zeeburg, West Coast Demerara.
Enquiries disclosed that the pedal cyclist was cycling west on the southern side of the Zeeburg Public Road while the motor car was proceeding in the said direction behind her at a normal rate of speed when the driver reportedly fell a sleep but awoke when he felt an impact. He came out from his vehicle, and observed that he was stationary at a concrete fence on the southern side of the said road and a female with a pedal cycle was seen lying on the southern grass parapet motionless with injuries about her body.
The driver was assisted by a passerby who took the female to the Leonora Cottage Hospital where she was seen and examined by a doctor on duty who pronounced her dead whilst receiving treatment. Her body was escorted to Ezekiel Mortuary for storage and post mortem examination.
Driver was arrested and placed in custody. A breathaliser test was conducted on him but no trace of alcohol was found in his breath.