Shortwood Teachers' College principal hit with massive fine

March 07, 2017

After spending the last two weeks in jail, Dr Christopher Clarke could be sleeping in his own bed if he comes up with $2 million.

However, the Shortwood Teachers' College principal faces 12 months imprisonment if he fails to pay the fine.

The sentence was handed down when he appeared in the St Catherine Circuit Court on today, March 7.

Clarke found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving on February 20.

Dr Clarke was tried for the death of Yvonne Brown of Spanish Town, St Catherine. The woman was a pillion on a motorcycle which was hit by a car driven by the principal.

The Crown called five witnesses who testified that Dr Clarke was culpable for the death of Brown.

The Crown led evidence that on March 14, 2014, about 6:45 p.m., Clarke was driving a Nissan X-Trail sport utility vehicle along Old Harbour Road, Spanish Town, St Catherine when he overtook two motor cars and then slammed into a motorcycle travelling in the opposite direction. The impact caused Brown to be thrown from the motorbike. She suffered multiple injuries and later died.