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Devastated Admiral Best regrets horrific accident; sends regards to relatives of dead cyclist

Remorseful Admiral Gary Best

In a statement issued through Rickford Burke, President of the Caribbean Guyana Institute For Democracy, Former Head of the Guyana Defense Force, Rear Admiral Gary Best said that he regrets the unfortunate accident and stated that his prayers are with the Bentley family.

He regrets this most tragic and horrific accident and has asked that I express his deep sorrow at the passing of Mr. Jude Bentley –  a national hero, talented sportsman, and an extraordinary role model to the young people of Guyana. Rear Admiral Best expresses sincere condolences to Mr. Bentley’s family and friends, and will continue to keep them in his prayers” Burke noted in his statement which was issued late this afternoon.

Jude Bentley died on the spot Saturday morning when the Vehicle best was driving crashed into him as he was riding his bicycle. Bentley was a national cyclist and also operated a bicycle shop in Georgetown where he would render various forms of assistance to young persons interested in cycling.

“I have spoken with Rear Admiral Best. He is devastated. He is cooperating fully with the Police. The investigation is proceeding according to the law and Police protocols that govern such accidents. No special treatment is being accorded to Rear Admiral Best and neither does he wish such treatment” the statement added.

A number of senior police sources have confirmed that Rear Admiral Best was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash and when a breathalyzer test was conducted on him this morning, he was found to be above the legally required limit.

The police investigations are ongoing and Admiral Best remains in custody.