Squash athlete killed after Drunk driver jumps light, crashes into car

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Squash athlete Ian Mekdeci tragically lost his life on Sunday morning, after a drunk driver slammed into his motorcar at the intersection of Sandy Babb and Vlissengen Road, Georgetown.

At the time of the accident, Mekdeci was a passenger of motor car #PXX 4592, that was being driven by 31-year-old, Sheik Baksh of Kitty.

37-year-old, Peters Hall, East Bank Demerara (EBD) resident, Roberto Narinewas driving the other vehile involved, #PTT 4136.

“Enquires disclosed that the motor Jeep #PTT 4136 was proceeding along Vlissengen Road whilst motor car #PXX 4592 was proceeding west along Sandy Babb Street and on the approach at the intersection, the driver of the motor car was crossing/proceeding on the ‘green light’. However, it was alleged that the driver of the motor Jeep failed to stop at the intersection which resulted in the front portion of motor Jeep #PTT 4136 colliding with the left side of motor car #PXX 4592.” Police said in a statement.

Police in a statement said that a breathalyzer test conducted on Narine showed 162% and 151% micrograms respectively, which is way above the legal limit.

The accident occurred around 02:15 hrs this morning

As a result of the collision, both vehicles were damaged extensively. The driver and occupant of motor car #PXX 4592 received injuries and were taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital by ambulance in an unconscious condition. Mekdeci of First Avenue Subryanville, Georgetown subsequently died whilst receiving medical attention.

The driver, Sheik Baksh, was admitted a patient in the Emergency Unit at the hospital suffering from a broken left arm, laceration to the head and a punctured left lung. His condition is listed as critical.

Police visited the accident scene and took a statement from an independent witness. Checks were made for CCTV footage and same was located, and will be reviewed by investigators.

The driver in presently in custody assisting with the investigation.

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