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Education Ministry to pay for funeral of boy struck down by official

aa5Thirteen year old Jameer Mounter, who was stuck down by a Ministry of Education vehicle two weeks ago succumbed to his injuries at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation on Saturday evening.

The teenager, according to family members, was placed on life support after it was determined that there was little brain activity. Hospital staff later told the family that the teenager was brain dead.

This morning the dead teenager’s cousin Diana Allen told Capitol News via telephone that they met with officials at the Ministry of Education this morning and were told that the Ministry will stand the expenses associated with the burial of the teenager.

The distraught woman said while they are coping with his death, they are disappointed that the hospital did not contact them before taking Mounter off life support.

Allen said the family has begun to make funeral arrangements with Thursday identified as the tentative date for burial.

Several days after the child was hospitalized the family refused to accept $20,000 from the Ministry to assist with expenses associated with the teenager’s hospitalization. The family said they did not believe that the officials were attempting to settle the matter.

Two weeks ago Jameer Mounter and two of his cousins were walking single file along the Den Amstel Public Road when a vehicle registered to the Ministry of Education struck him. The child was taken to the West Demerara Hospital and later transferred to the GPHC. The driver who was in police custody was subsequently released on bail.

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