• Relatives: “Despite his age, he was in good shape”

He spent a week in intensive care. On the morning of Tuesday June 18, Narainduth Chutoorgoon, 79, died in his bed at Dr AG Jeetoo Hospital, Port-Louis. He did not survive his injuries following his road accident in Beau-Bassin which occurred seven days earlier.

The autopsy carried out on Tuesday by Dr Prem Chamane, Police Medical Officer (PMO), attributed the death of Narainduth Chutoorgoon to intracerebral haemorrhage. His funeral took place yesterday, Wednesday June 19, at the Chebel crematorium.

The accident which cost him his life occurred on Tuesday June 11. This resident of Beau-Bassin, also called “Bhudha”, was walking on the main road of the locality when he was hit by a truck. The police, alerted shortly before 1 p.m., arrived on site where they found a truck, driven by Andy M., a 47-year-old resident of Bois-Marchand. Narainduth Chutoorgoon was lying on the asphalt with injuries to his hands and head. Initially, he was rushed to the Coromandel medical clinic, before being transferred to intensive care at the Dr AG Jeetoo hospital.

The driver tested negative for a breathalyzer. Shortly after the accident, he provided his version of the facts to the Beau-Bassin police. However, after the victim's death, he was summoned again by the police. A provisional charge of manslaughter was brought against him in the Rose-Hill court, before he was granted bail.

A very active man

Among the Chutoorgoon, in Beau-Bassin, on Wednesday, there was consternation. After the last tributes at the funeral, the relatives, still in the dark regarding the circumstances of the accident, are awaiting the conclusions of the police investigation.

Narainduth, they confided to Défi Quotidien, was a former civil servant. Retired for more than fifteen years, he enjoyed good health and physical condition, adds his son-in-law, Selven. Moreover, he was very active in daily life. As a former civil servant, he was actively involved in workers' unions. “Despite his age, he was in good shape and also jogged,” relates the family.

At the time of the tragedy, Selven says that his father-in-law was preparing to go to a local store to buy bread for today's lunch. The Chutoorgoon mourn the loss of a jovial person who cherished family life alongside his only daughter and his grandchild.

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