Driver placed on $200,000 bail for causing death
- fined for failing to stop and render assistance
A 30-year-old taxi driver was yesterday placed on $200,000 bail and fined $40,000 after he was charged with three serious traffic offences.
Neron Yarris, of Fifth Street, Alberttown, made his court appearance before Magistrate Priya Beharry to answer charges ranging from causing death by dangerous driving to failing to stop after an accident.
The first allegation was that Yarris on June 8, at Mandela Avenue, drove his motor vehicle in a dangerous manner which resulted in the death of Burton Edwards. Another charge stated that on the same day he failed to stop at an intersection and he also failed to render assistance to an injured man.
Yarris was allowed to plead to the charges since the Administration of Justice Act was applied.
To the three charges Yarris pleaded not guilty and was represented by attorney at law Sonia Parag.
Ms Parag in her application for bail stated that on the day in question her client was proceeding along Mandela Avenue and was about to make a turn when he saw a motor cycle approaching him without lights. The bike she said suddenly slammed into her client’s vehicle.
She said that the motor cycle had no head lamp, and her client’s indicator lights were on. The attorney stated that the charges brought against her client are outrageous.
Police prosecutor Stephen Telford told the court that on the day in question, Edwards was riding his motorcycle east along the northern half of Mandela Avenue when he made an attempt to turn and collided with the defendant.
Edwards was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
The police prosecutor did not object to bail for the defendant. Yarris was fined $40,000 or two months’ imprisonment, for the failing to render assistance charge and failing to stop at an intersection, while he was placed on $200,000 bail for the charge of causing death.