Dead: Roy Odel WelchmanFifteen-year-old Roy Odel Welchman, who was crushed on Sunday last after he allegedly slipped off the side of a truck and fell between the wheels of a skidding machine, was “ketching his hand” during a trip to Kwakwani.This was revealed by a relative who told Guyana Times that the young man, a former student of School of Excellence in Linden had visited Kwakwani to spend time with his ailing father while his sister, with whom he lived in Linden, was out of the country. As such, he used the opportunity to “ketch his hand”.The relative said Welchman had only been working with the company, T Bovell Concessions, for a short time and was tasked with operating the GPS and record keeping for the said company.“He is a student but he recently travelled there to visit his father and like all young men when they get bored, they do want to look work you know so he just went to ketch he lil raise in the meanwhile he was there,” the relative said.The relative further said that the family is making preparations for his burial on Saturday and will also be making arrangements to meet with officials from the company.It was reported that on Sunday at about 17:30h at 16 km Bisarooni Backdam, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), Welchman was in the company of a driver and a porter when the accident took place.According to the police, the driver used the skidder to leave the backdam, and on the way out, the skidder hit a bump causing the teen, who was reportedly standing on the left side of the machine, to lose his balance and fall.Guyana Times understands that the operator immediately brought the skidder to a halt and in doing so, it ran over the teen.The driver and the porter rushed the injured young man, who was still conscious at the time, to the Kwakwani Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.The police noted that the 15-year-old’s body was examined and it was observed that it had bruises to both temples, swelling of the face and eyelids, a bruise to the left forearm, and bruises on the upper left side of the back. Welchman’s body is presently at the Kwakwani Burial Ground on ice, awaiting a post-mortem.Up to late Tuesday afternoon, the operator of the machine along with the porter were released on station bail as Police continue their investigations.
Vancouver’s century-old Post Hospital is one of eight sites on the 2012 list of the state’s most endangered historic properties.The brick building, which overlooks Interstate 5 in downtown Vancouver, is owned by the city.Visit our Vancouver Barracks Web page, which includes interactive map.It was nominated for the “most endangered” list by the Fort Vancouver National Trust, which holds the master lease to the West Barracks campus and manages several buildings.A spot on the list, released Tuesday by the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation, is a way to bring attention to the Post Hospital, said Elson Strahan, president and CEO of the National Trust.“It’s the most iconic structure in the West Barracks,” Strahan said. “So, we wanted to make sure people understood its importance.”That awareness will help the Historic Trust “make our case for historic-preservation funding,” Strahan said. It also hopefully will get community members interested in restoring the structure, possibly as a community center for the arts.The nonprofit Historic Trust has undertaken a $110,000 capital campaign to fund an architecture and engineering study; about $65,000 has been secured.The nomination includes a description of threats to each site. According to the Historic Trust, the biggest threat to the hospital is its proximity to I-5, with construction of the Columbia River Crossing slated to begin in 2014. It will include a wall that will be built within four to six feet of the hospital.Strahan added that the CRC and Director Nancy Boyd “are doing a great job working with us.”Other threats include damage to the brick and masonry, caused by settling, moisture and acid rain resulting from traffic pollution mixing with rain.While most of the 2012 endangered properties are in cities ranging from Spokane to Blaine, one statewide resource made the list. More than 600 historic buildings and sites that are part of the Washington State Parks system are in jeopardy, the report indicated.