Kuru Kururu fatal accident… Dead guard’s children displeased with financial compensation
The children of security guard Ronville Roberts are having second thoughts about the financial package their mother received from the truck driver who allegedly caused their 58-year-old father’s death six months ago.
When the accused, Sahid Ali, appeared in the Providence Magistrate’s Court in late January, Ali’s attorney, Vic Puran, told Magistrate Sobers that his client had agreed to give Roberts’s family $2.5M. The court was also told that the accused had already made an initial payment of $200,000 to the dead guard’s family.
The victim is survived by eight children.
In the presence of the court, Ali had handed over a further $500,000 to the dead man’s reputed wife, Ingrid Schmidt. At the time, Robert’s wife, Ingrid Schmidt, had indicated to Magistrate Sobers that she was willing to accept the money and would not pursue the matter further if the payment was made.
A daughter of the victim told Kaieteur News yesterday that her mother has since collected a total of $2.2M. She is to receive a final $300,000 in court next Friday. But now the children have indicated that the sum cannot compensate for their father’s death.
A daughter of the dead man told Kaieteur News on Friday that the family has to sign a document indicating that they will not pursue the matter in court. According to the daughter, she and her siblings want a further $1.3M before they sign any agreement.
The sister said that they plan to take legal action if the accused fails to make the further payment.
“Let them give us $1.3 more; we still have small children to send to school,” the daughter said. “If they don’t want to pay we will sue.”
She said that two of the victim’s eight children still attend school and their mother is unemployed.
A son of the victim expressed the view that the sum being offered was insignificant, given that a man had been killed.
“The $2.5M is not enough for a man’s life. If they (the other siblings) want to sue for more, then I am with them.”
Responding to questions by Kaieteur News in January, Puran had argued that $2.5M “could build a 30×20 three-bedroom concrete house with a toilet and bathroom.”
The prosecution has alleged that security guard Ronville Roberts, of Kuru Kururu, was cycling along the Soesdyke/Linden highway near his home around 08:15 hrs on January 25, when Sahid Ali, who was driving motor lorry GLL 319, reversed and crushed him.
The prosecution also alleged that the 29-year-old accused drove off, leaving the injured man on the roadway. He reportedly abandoned the truck about four miles from the scene.
Sahid Ali was subsequently identified and charged with causing death by dangerous driving and failing to render assistance. He first appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates Court last Friday.
But attorney-at-law Vic Puran denied that his client had fled from the scene of the accident. According to Puran, Ali had driven away because he was unaware of the accident.
Puran also denied that his client had abandoned his vehicle, and said Ali had gone to buy something to eat. The attorney also argued that it is difficult for a cyclist on the move to collide with a reversing vehicle unless the person sought to commit suicide.
The attorney added that a passenger riding with Ali had told police that at the time of the incident, he was instructing the driver to reverse, and during such time the truck had not been involved in any accidents.
Puran said the police arrested Ali because they noticed blue paint on the bottom of the truck, which appeared to be similar to the blue paint on Robert’s bicycle.
The prosecutor subsequently rebutted Puran’s claim and said that the truck had been identified by eyewitnesses. The prosecution had objected to granting Ali bail.