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December 31, 2013
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Man offered bail for vehicular manslaughter

Christopher Thomas, STAR Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:

A St James man who reportedly struck down a motorcyclist with his car, resulting in the other motorist's death, was offered bail when he appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court yesterday.

Forty-one-year-old Donovan Forrester, of a Rose Heights address, is charged with vehicular manslaughter. He was offered bail in the sum of $150,000, with two sureties, and had his case set for mention on January 30.

It is alleged that Forrester was driving his Toyota Corolla motorcar along the Salt Spring main road in St James, when on reaching the intersection between Salt Spring and Rose Mount, he collided with the motorcyclist who was travelling in the opposite direction. The motorcyclist was flung from the bike and sustained multiple injuries, and was subsequently pronounced dead at the Cornwall Regional Hospital.

Yesterday, Forrester's attorney Morrel Beckford made a successful application for bail before presiding magistrate Ann-Marie Lawrence-Granger.

"He has had his driver's licence for over 10 years and has never been in an accident prior to this. It was a collision with the rider of a motorbike who was part of a bike show," Beckford said of Forrester. "He (bike rider) collided with Mr. Forrester's vehicle, and unfortunately he died," Beckford added.

"The only information on the file is that the deceased was overtaking a bus," clerk of the court Crystal Corbett said in response. "The prosecution is not objecting to bail, (but) the accident reconstruction report is outstanding," Corbett added.

RM Lawrence-Granger subsequently offered bail to Forrester in the sum of $150,000, although no reporting conditions were outlined. The case was set for mention on January 30.

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