Driver charged with road death three months later


Three months after 71-year-old Chitratkha Sankar was struck down and killed by a Canter Truck as she attempted to cross the road at Houston, East Bank Demerara (EBD), the driver was finally charged on Thursday, November 9, 2017.

Lennox Williams of Golden Grove Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan and denied the charge of causing death by dangerous driving.

Particulars of the charge alleged that on August 10, 2017, on the Houston Public Road, EBD, Williams drove motor lorry GMM 6594 in a dangerous manner which resulted in the death of Sankar.

His lawyer, Savannah Brummell in a bail application told the court that her client is employed as a driver at T&K Shipping Company and was placed on $100,000 station bail during the police investigation.

Police Prosecutor, Arwin Moore made no objection to Williams being released on bail. As such, he was granted $700,000 bail and the matter was transferred to Magistrate Fabayo Azore for November 23, 2017.

According to reports, on the day in question Sankar of Houston, EBD was heading to a clinic when the accident occurred. It is alleged that the truck was heading in the direction of Georgetown when the driver crashed into the pensioner as she stood at the median next to a utility pole, dragging her 40 feet away.

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