Mini-bus driver to know fate today …on trial for causing passenger’s death

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Travis David

CITY Magistrate Judy Latchman will today make her ruling against a Route 42 mini-bus driver, who is on trial for causing the death of a passenger by dangerous driving.
Travis David, 28, of 110 Caesar Street, Agricola, East Bank Demerara (EBD) is currently on $150,000 bail. It is alleged that on January 6, 2015, on the Little Diamond Public Road (EBD), he drove motor vehicle BJJ 9471 in a manner dangerous to the public, thereby causing the death of Lynette Joseph.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Vishnu Hunt. The prosecution’s case is that on the day in question, at about 17:45hrs, the bus, which operates between Georgetown and Timehri, was proceeding north along the western carriageway of the Little Diamond Public Road.
It is alleged that as David was about to negotiate a turn, he lost control and skidded about 26 feet before connecting to a lamp post. Joseph, who was sitting in the third seat behind the driver, subsequently succumbed to injuries she sustained as a result of the accident.
The mini-bus was said to be transporting eight persons to Georgetown, including the driver and conductor, when the accident occurred. Joseph, a security guard of National Hardware, died on her way to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre. Those injured were Joylyn Barker, of 244 Second Street, Grove, East Bank Demerara, conductor, Mark Benjamin, 25, along with four others.