Principal convicted of dangerous driving charge

February 21, 2017

 Principal of Shortwood College Dr Christopher Clarke was found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving in the St Catherine Circuit Court yesterday.

The jury retired for about one hour and returned a unanimous verdict.

Justice Vinette Graham-Allen then ordered the principal be remanded in custody to be sentenced on February 28.

Dr Clarke was tried for the death of Yvonne Brown of Spanish Town, who was hit from the motorcycle of she was the pillion.

The Crown called five witnesses who testified that Dr Clarke was culpable for her death.

The Crown led evidence that on March 14, 2014, at about 6:45 p.m., Clarke was driving a Nissan X-Trail along Old Harbour Road in St Catherine, when, after overtaking two motor cars, he slammed into a motorcycle travelling in the opposite direction.

Brown was thrown from the bike and suffered multiple injuries, from which she later succumbed.

Clarke claimed visibility was not clear and that he could not see properly as the bike did not have any lights and drifted into the path of his vehicle.

 

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