The police force is in shock. Constable Dharmajay Goodur, 51, also known as Vishal Wart, met a tragic end on Wednesday morning, September 20, on the Beaux Songes road. The resident of L’Agrément, Saint Pierre was on his way to a parade in Pont Rouge before being assigned to a site where a statue of the god Ganesh was immersed as part of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival, when he was struck head-on by a car driven by a 19-year-old boy. The latter was overtaking on a white line. Constable Dharmajay Goodur had been with the police force for twenty-eight years.
It was around 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday, September 20. Constable Goodur was riding his red Suzuki motorcycle on the Beaux Songes road near Pont Rouge. A sergeant assigned to the Rose Hill Prosecutors’ Office witnessed the accident. At one point, a black-and-white Suzuki was overtaking another vehicle, and the 19-year-old driver from Gros Cailloux collided head-on with Constable Goodur’s motorcycle. Constable Goodur, who was assigned to the Beau-Bassin police station, was thrown violently onto the asphalt.
A team of police officers from the Bambous police station, led by Chief Inspector. Soodesh Kumar Luchoomun went to the scene. An ambulance from the Service d’Aide Médicale d’Urgence (Samu) was called to the scene. However, it was an ambulance from the Dr Yves Cantin hospital in Rivière Noire that arrived on the scene, with the driver on board and waiting. The injured policeman was taken to Victoria Hospital in Candos. In the emergency department, medical staff tried to resuscitate him, but to no avail. At 12.05am, Dr Jeewoonarain declared him dead.
His body was subsequently transferred to the hospital morgue for autopsy. Meanwhile, the driver of the car involved, who works as a helper in a supermarket, was taken to Bambous police station for a breathalyzer and drug test by a policeman from the Emergency Response Service. Both tests were negative. He was taken into custody at Rose-Hill police station on the orders of Assistant Superintendent of Police Pascal Pulcherie. Friday September 15 this year marked exactly one year since this young driver obtained his driver’s license. The scene of this accident was captured by a Safe City camera. This Thursday, September 21, the young Gros Cailloux resident will be brought before the Bambous court on a provisional charge of manslaughter.
The autopsy performed by Dr. Sheila Jankee-Parsad, Principal Police Medical Officer, attributed his death to craniocerebral injuries. Dharmajay Goodur’s funeral is scheduled for this Thursday, September 21 at 1 pm. Cremation will take place at Circonstance, Saint Pierre.
The police investigation in this case is under the supervision of Assistant Police Commissioner François Nicole, Western Division, divisional commander.
A 63-year-old motorcyclist succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday morning, September 19, following an accident with another motorcycle on Saturday, September 16. The victim, 63-year-old Mayick Mario Lacruche of Bois d’Oiseau, Poudre d’Or, breathed his last at the Hôpital du Nord on Tuesday September 19 at 11:45 a.m.
On Saturday morning, September 16, at around 9.10am, the septuagenarian was involved in an accident on the Route Royale in Belmont, Goodlands, near the cemetery. His KMC motorcycle collided with another Suzuki two-wheeler driven by a 59-year-old machinist from Goodlands. The two injured motorcyclists were taken to the local Mediclinic for treatment.
Dr. Jankee-Parsad, who performed the autopsy on Mayick Lacruche’s body at 6 p.m. on Tuesday September 19 at the morgue of the Dr. A. Jeetoo Hospital, Port-Louis, attributed her death to multiple injuries.