Sex didn't cause fatal crash - Road Safety Unit
The Road Safety Unit has ruled out swirling speculation that a risque sexual act was the cause of the fatal crash involving a policeman and a woman on Easter Sunday along the North-South link of Highway 2000.
The officer has since been identified as Constable Ramon Stephens, while up to press time yesterday the corporate communications Unit (CCU) told THE STAR that the female passenger remains unidentified.
Director of the unit in the Ministry of Transport, Kanute Hare, told our news team that despite calls on the subject on sexual intercourse and suggestive photographs, the evidence on the ground doesn't give latitude to make those statements at all.
Hare said, "Persons have been calling me about it. There are some photographs even flying about the place but I beg not to believe that because my information is not telling me (that) and for somebody who understands how traffic accidents occur, I am not surprised the clothes were off."
Hare also told THE STAR that in a collision, there are different forces and different energy levels being dissipated.
"The intelligence I am picking up on the ground from the scene does not allow me to come to that conclusion any at all. Clothes normally tear off people when crashes occur, persons are knocked out of their shoes, persons are knocked out of their clothes," he said.
THE STAR obtained alleged photographs of the accident scene, which show both passengers slumped across the front of the motor vehicle without articles of their clothing.
"Remember now the bodies are moving around in the motor vehicle and it would seem to be in this crash they were not wearing their seat belts. I was made to understand ... persons who were there at the scene said they saw the gentleman in his pants. We hear the rumours but if you can't come to me with hardcore evidence, I don't even have the temerity of even mentioning that thing because I didn't see it," Hare told THE STAR.
When quizzed if the Road Safety Unit has ever received a report of an accident caused by sex while driving, Hare said no.
"I hope that it doesn't come to that. That can be very distracting. That is not a good idea. People should be focusing on driving," he said.