Driver in Rio Cobre crash charged with manslaughter

July 23, 2016
A policeman looks at the vehicle in which eight persons were travelling when it careened into the Rio Cobre last Saturday.

St Catherine resident Elfargo Slew was charged with six counts of manslaughter yesterday after he was positively identified as the driver of the ill-fated Suzuki Grand Vitara which killed six persons after it plunged into the Rio Cobre last Saturday.

Slew was pointed out by an eyewitness at the ID parade done at the Portmore Police Station.

He was charged with the death of Shugay Ricketts, Chevorn Ricketts, Benjamin Ellis, Shantel Morris,Oneil Morgan and Steven Ricketts of Commodore district, St Catherine.

Slew, 27, Dam Head, St Catherine, was originally thought to have drowned in the accident.

An investigation by the St Catherine North Traffic Department led to the discovery that he was alive and well.

He was subsequently taken into police custody where he remained until he was pointed out and subsequently charged yesterday.

Investigating officer Sergeant Donovan Barnes said the file has been completed and will be submitted to the St Catherine Parish Court on Monday.

"We are expecting that Mr Slew should be before the court by Wednesday. He is charged with six counts of vehicular manslaughter, no drivers license and no insurance coverage," Barnes said.

His charges come days after investigations revealed that he was the steering when the Suzuki Grand Vitara plunged in the Rio Cobre.

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