'I was not driving' - Munga says police report on fatal crash is wrong

January 14, 2019
Christopher Townsend
Munga Honourable

Deejay Munga Honourable is refuting reports that he was driving the motor car that was involved in a crash on Mandela Highway on Saturday. The crash claimed the life of Tashana Cumbermack, a resident of Canada.

The artiste, who has been discharged from the Spanish Town Hospital after being admitted, said that he was not the driver of the vehicle and Cumbermack was not a passenger in a Hiace bus, as stated by the police.
"What can I say or do for u to return or make up for this",î Munga posted on Instagram.
"Tashana Cumbermack aka Tash...aka my Gwallaa. My heart cries. I will rep continiously as u have for me... I am sorry!!"
Yesterday, the deejay's attorney, Christopher Townsend, confirmed that his client is now recuperating and believes that Munga is unlikely to face charges following the accident.
"We are hoping that the police do a thorough investigation, because they are saying he was driving and I can state categorically that he was not driving," Townsend told THE STAR.
As a matter of fact, if the police do their investigation properly, they would realise the car was actually stopped in Mandeville by police for a spot check and Mandeville police can confirm that he (Munga) was actually at the back sleeping as he had just finished performing at a show."

Munga made the same claim in his Instagram post.
"We were both asleep and neither of us was driving the car, contrary to the media or any other reports,î the artiste wrote.


According to a report from the policeís Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), the entertainer, whose given name is Damian Rhoden, and three other men were travelling in a Toyota motor car on Saturday morning when he lost control of the vehicle along Mandela Highway in St Catherine. The report further states that the car collided with a Suzuki Vitara, which then crashed into a minibus in which Canadian national, Cumbermack was a passenger. The 26-year-old Cumbermack was subsequently pronounced dead.

"I donít know where the police got that report from," Townsend said."He (Munga) was in the back of the motor vehicle with the young miss and itís at the back where the car was really damaged," he said. 

"There were two persons in the front, including the driver, who were not really injured, and Munga was actually asleep when this happened. It is odd, because my instructions are itís the woman who rented the vehicle and she was in the back seat with Munga."

Cumbermack's father has asked for privacy during this difficult time.

Over the past few months, Munga Honourable has experienced a resurgence on the mainstream market with the success of his single Nah Mad (Ova Nuh Gyal), produced by Ajusdivybz Music. Twelve years ago Munga had three songs, Mi FraidEarthquake and Own Thing on the Greensleeves Records compilation album The Biggest Ragga Dancehall Anthems 2007.

He currently is answering to charges after being charged for the murder of Cleveland Smith, who was shot and killed in 2017. The 27-year-old Smith is dancehall artiste Mr. Vegas' nephew. Munga has denied the allegations.

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