[www.inewsguyana.com] – Asif Khan, the driver of the vehicle which killed a teenager on the Providence Public Road last month, was slapped with three charges when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine – Beharry at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court on Friday, January 19.
Khan was charged with causing death by dangerous driving, failing to rendering assistance to injured persons – Davindra Mangal and Kishan Ramnarine – and failing to report an accident.
The Court heard that on December 21, 2014 at Providence Public Road, East Bank Demerara he drove motor car PPP 555 in a manner dangerous to the public thereby causing the death of 18 – year – old Parmanand Deokaran.
Particulars of the second charge detailed that on the same day, after being involved in an accident, he failed to render assistance by failing to take the injured persons to a medical practitioner.
It is also alleged that on the same day, he failed to report the said accident within 24 hrs of the occurrence. Khan pleaded not guilty to the charges and asked the Magistrate for reasonable bail. He said that he had no prior charges or convictions.
Police Prosecutor Michael Grant said that about 00:30 hours that day, Khan was heading south on the eastern carriage way of the Providence Public Road when he lost control of the vehicle in the vicinity of the Princess International Hotel and collided with Deokaran and two others.
Mangru said that the victims were pitched into a nearby trench and they were later picked up and taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC). Deokaran was pronounced dead on arrival.
The Prosecutor told the Court that after the accident, the driver fled the scene.
He objected to bail citing the nature, gravity and prevalence of the offence. Mangru also said that Khan was a flight risk since he fled had been avoiding the police and was only captured recently.
Bail was refused and the case will be called again on January 23 for statements.