A 23-year-old Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) staff died in the wee hours of Wednesday when he lost control of the vehicle he was driving and slammed into a utility pole.Dead: Shankar RamDead is Shankar Ram of Lot 14 Mon Repos Housing Scheme, East Coast Demerara (ECD) while his colleague, Donetta Ramlakhan, of Enmore, ECD, is currently in critical state at the Suddie Public Hospital.Reports are the two were travelling north along the western side of the Zorg Public Road, Essequibo Coast about 00:15 on Wednesday when Ram lost control of the vehicle and slapped into a Guyana Power and Light (GPL) pole.After crashing, the vehicle turned turtle and in the process, Ram was thrown out face first onto a parapet a few feet away.Ramlakhan was trapped inside the vehicle. The two were rushed to the hospital by Police ranks who were on patrol duties.Ram was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital and Ramlakhan is said to be nursing serious injuries.Guyana Times understands that Ram and Ramlakhan were in Essequibo on work-related duties. The motor vehicle, in which they were travelling – PJJ 1069 – belongs to the GEA. Ram’s body has since been transferred to Georgetown by his relatives.An investigation has been launched.The GEA vehicle which was involved in the accidentMeanwhile, the Energy Agency, in a statement on Wednesday, expressed condolences to Ram’s family on behalf of Ministers David Patterson and Annette Ferguson, the Chairman and Members of the Board of Directors, management and staff of the EPA.The GEA said that Ram was an employee of the Agency from June 6, 2013 to April 11, 2015 attached to the Licensing Division and then from May 15, 2017 to June 19, 2018 in the Fuel Marking Division. He leaves to mourn his wife, parents, relatives and friends.