Two teenagers aged 15 and 16 respectively, who live in Port-Louis, lost their lives yesterday, Wednesday August 9, while taking part in a motorcycle rally. They were killed instantly when the Pulsar motorcycle on which they were riding collided head-on with a contract van as their two-wheeled machine overtook a line of vehicles on Route La Salette in Grand Baie. Motorcyclist Waleed Ibn Khalid Mungur, 16( a Bangladeshi), and his rump passenger Mohammad Fahad Hossein Sakib, 15, did not survive their injuries. Waleed Mungur lived in Vallée des Prêtres and Fahad Hossein, Saint François, Port-Louis. The 56-year-old van driver, who lives in Fon du Sac, was given an alcohol test. The result was negative.
The terrible accident occurred at around 12.05 pm on Wednesday August 9. The motorcycle on which the two young people from Vale were riding was heading towards Grand Baie. The two-wheeled vehicle collided with an oncoming rental van.
The two young people were seriously injured. An ambulance from the Service d’Aide Médicale d’Urgence was dispatched to the scene of the accident. Unfortunately, the doctor on board was only able to note the death of the two victims. Their bodies were subsequently transported to the morgue of the Dr A.G. Jeetoo Hospital, Port-Louis. Jeetoo Hospital, Port-Louis for autopsy.
Elements of the Mauritius Fire and Rescue Service attended the scene of the accident to remove the debris. The van driver was taken to the Grand Baie police station for a breathalyzer test by an Emergency Response Service officer. He tested negative. In his statement, he explained that his vehicle was driving on the left-hand side of Route La Salette towards Vale when the motorcycle left its lane and collided head-on with his vehicle.
Two families were devastated when the police learned of this tragic accident. The parents of the two students, who went to the Grand Baie police station to produce documents for their respective children, were devastated.
The driver was taken into custody on a charge of manslaughter. This Thursday morning, August 10, he will be brought before the Pamplemousses court.
According to the preliminary investigation, the two victims did not have driving licenses. They had left the capital for a motorcycle rally with a dozen participants. The two victims, who are students, told their parents that they were going on an outing organized by the college. The young driver rented the black-and-white Pulsar from an individual to take part in the rally.
Dr Maxwell Monvoisin, Principal Police Medical Officer, who autopsied the body on the evening of Wednesday August 9, attributed the deaths of the two young people to multiple injuries.
The funerals of the two young men took place on the evening of Wednesday August 9 at 10 pm. Waleed Mungur was buried in the Pailles cemetery, while Fahad Hossein was buried in the Riche Terre cemetery.