Taxi driver who jumped traffic light gets $300k bail for death by dangerous driving
A taxi driver identified as 52-year-old Lloyd McKenzie of Belfield, East Coast Demerara was Monday released on $300,000 after he was charged with causing death by dangerous driving.
McKenzie appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court before Chief Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus to answer to the charge.
Following his not-guilty plea, McKenzie was granted bail in the sum of $300,000.
The matter was adjourned to October 03, 2023.
Last week, Police Headquarters noted that McKenzie was the errant taxi driver who failed to adhere to the stop signal at the intersection of Nelson Mandela Avenue and Cemetery Road.
Dead is 33-year-old Martin Samuels of Nutmeg Street, Festival City, North Ruimveldt, Georgetown. At the time, he was riding a motorcycle CL 8097.
It is alleged that Samuels was proceeding west along the southern drive lane of Nelson Mandela Avenue while the taxi driver was proceeding east along the extreme southern lane of the northern carriageway of the road.
According to the Police report, as the taxi driver approached the intersection, the traffic light was red but McKenzie failed to comply and instead proceeded to negotiate a right turn onto the southern carriageway. In the process of doing so, he collided with the motorcyclist.
As a result of the collision, Samuels was flung in the air and landed on the road; he sustained severe injuries. He was picked up in an unconscious state by Emergency Medical Technicians and taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The taxi driver is currently in custody, assisting with the investigation.