Female driver granted bail for causing death of Cop


A 32-year-old Corporate Secretary attached to the National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (NAREI) appeared before the Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan charged with causing the death of Police Officer Carl Roach by dangerous driving.

Towanda Clarke of Norton and Haley Streets, Wortmanville, Georgetown, pleaded not guilty to the charge, which alleged that on November 25, 2019, at Brickdam Public Road and Chalmers Place, Georgetown, she drove motorcar PMM 2528 in a dangerous manner which resulted in the death of Roach.

She was represented by Attorney Dexter Todd, who made an application for bail.

Police Prosecutor Neville Jeffers told the court that Clarke was proceeding on the northern side of the Brickdam Public Road and while approaching Chalmers Place, she turned south without stopping, thereby colliding with motorcycle  CH 9436.

As a result, the motorcyclist was flung 150 feet from point of impact, hitting a light pole on the southern side of the road and sustained injuries about the body.

He was pronounced dead on the scene by a doctor and Clarke was arrested.

The prosecutor objected to Clarke being released on bail, however, the Chief Magistrate granted bail in the sum of $700,000 and the case was adjourned to December 16, 2019.

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