Teen driver in De Willem fatal accident released on $1.5M bail
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ACCUSED: Matthew Ambedkar
ACCUSED: Matthew Ambedkar

MATTHEW Ambedkar, the teenage driver of the car involved in the horrific accident at De Willem, West Coast Demerara (WCD), was released on a total of $1.5 million bail on Thursday after spending the last week on remand for the incident.

The 19-year-old driver, of Tuschen Housing Scheme, East Bank Essequibo (EBE), is before the Leonora Magistrate’s Court on three counts of causing death by dangerous driving.

He made his first court appearance on March 11 last where he was not required to plead to the charges read to him by Magistrate, Zamilla Seepaul-Ali.

On Thursday, the teen made his second court appearance. During that appearance, however, different laws were applied to the matter, and the three charges were re-read to him by the Magistrate.

The deceased persons are 48-year-old fisherman, Kiran Ramprashad of Zeeburg, WCD; 22-year-old Venezuelan, Carlito ‘Carlos’ Gobin of De Willem; and 44-year-old fisherman, Ayube ‘Quarter’ Mohammed of Meten-Meer-Zorg, WCD.

Ambedkar was represented by attorneys-at-law, Dexter Todd and Dexter Smartt, who filed a bail application for their client.

The Magistrate granted the application, releasing Ambedkar on $500,000 bail for each count. She also ordered that the accused man lodge his passport at the court.

The case was adjourned until April 26.

This newspaper had previously reported that the teen, who was driving his father’s Toyota Raum, was allegedly racing another car identified as a Toyota 212. The collision was caught on nearby surveillance cameras.

The vehicles appeared to be heading in the direction of Parika, EBE when the Ambedkar’s vehicle careened to the side of the road, crashed into a parked Nissan X-Trail (PYY 9456), and torpedoed into the Sharmilla Harrikissoon Sports Bar, killing the three persons who were patrons.

Ambedkar received injuries to the left side of his face.

They were all taken to the Leonora Cottage Hospital where they were seen and examined by a medical doctor who pronounced Ramprashad, Gobin and Mohammed dead on arrival.

The teen driver, who was admitted as a patient, was released from the hospital days after the incident.

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