The driver who reportedly lost control of his vehicle on Sheriff Street and careened off the thoroughfare towards a pedestrian, killing him on the spot on Sunday, last, appeared yesterday before Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court to answer to the charges of dangerous driving causing death and driving under the influence of alcohol.
It is alleged that Delano Williams, on June 26, last, was under the influence of alcohol when he drove a motor car in a dangerous manner causing the death of 35-year-old Sewcharran Persaud Ugraj of 126 Mon Repos Pasture, East Coast Demerara.
The 28-year-old defendant who is a former media photographer and resides at 260 Middle Street North Cummingsburg, pleaded not guilty to the summary charge of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI). The charge of dangerous driving causing death is indictable, therefore, he was not required to plea.
Police Prosecutor Vishnu Hunte stated that on June 26, last, at about 04:30hrs, Williams was driving motor car PMM 1094, proceeding north along the western side of Sheriff Street, when he lost control of the car and collided with Sewcharran Persaud Ugraj who was standing on the eastern side of Sheriff Street.
The court was told that the vehicle ended up in a nearby trench.
Hunte stated that Ugraj was pronounced dead on arrival at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation, and as a result, an investigation was carried out and two breathalyzer tests were conducted; the initial test provided evidence that Williams had 139% blood alcohol content (BAC) and the other showed that he had 136% BAC in his system.
Williams was subsequently arrested and charged with the offences. The prosecution objected to bail citing the seriousness and prevalence of the offence.
The defendant was represented by attorney at law Nigel Hughes, who informed the court that his client is a former member of the media, and on the day the incident occurred, it was Williams who went to the Kitty Police Station and reported on the accident.
Hughes stated that the seriousness of the offence is not one which should oppose bail; he avowed that his client is a holder of a Republic of Guyana passport and is willing to surrender his passport should bail be granted.
Bail was granted in the sum of $350,000 for the charge of dangerous driving causing death and $50,000 for the DUI charge. Williams is expected to make his next court appearance on July 20.
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