Mohammad Khalill Muzafar Gooljanee, a 26-year-old resident of La Caverne, Vacoas, escaped injury in an accident on the Sorèze to Pailles freeway in the early hours of Friday morning, August 18. The young man was hit head-on by a cab as he crossed the freeway. He died in the afternoon of Monday August 21. An autopsy performed on his body attributed his death to head trauma and a lacerated spleen.
At 4:15 am on Friday August 18, a team of police officers from the Pailles police station was called to an accident site on the Sorèze freeway, heading south past the Indian Oil service station. A quarter of an hour earlier, a white Toyota cab had collided head-on with a man crossing the freeway.
An ambulance from the Service d’Aide Médicale d’Urgence was sent to the scene to transport the injured man to the Dr A.G. Jeetoo Hospital, Port-Louis. After first aid, he was admitted to a ward in the intensive care unit. His identity was not known. He bore only a tattoo of the name Khalill on his left forearm.
Dr. Ananda Sunnassee, the Police Medical Officer who performed the autopsy, attributed the cause of death to head trauma and a lacerated spleen. Khalill Gooljanee’s funeral took place on Tuesday August 22 at 2pm. After prayers at the La Caverve mosque, he was laid to rest in the Phoenix cemetery.
The 59-year-old driver, who lived in Bois Rouge, Pamplemousses, was given a breathalyzer test. The test was negative. The driver was brought before the Port-Louis court on Tuesday morning August 22 on a provisional charge of manslaughter. He was subsequently released on bail.