Driver who allegedly caused death of traffic cop charged, licence suspended

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A  Blueberry Hill, Linden man was on Monday charged for causing death by dangerous driving when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.

CHARGED WITH CAUSING DEATH BY DANGEROUS DRIVING: Ron Cole
CHARGED WITH CAUSING DEATH BY DANGEROUS DRIVING: Ron Cole

Ron Cole was slapped with the charge, which alleged that on April 11, at Eccles, East Bank Demerara he drove his motor car GRR 9355 in a manner dangerous to the public, thereby causing the death of Police Constable Kelvin La Fleur. He was not required to plea to the indictable charge.

Police Prosecutor Deniro Jones told the court that the Policeman was at the time directing traffic when he was struck down by the 40-year-old defendant.

Jones objected to bail citing the seriousness of the offence and the gravity of the penalty. Jones related to the court that the case file is incomplete.

Magistrate McLennan also suspended the defendant’s licence.

The case will continue on May 6.

DEAD: Police Constable Kelvin La Fleur
DEAD: Police Constable, Kelvin La Fleur

Reports are 25-year-old La Fleur succumbed to the injuries three days after the accident. At the time of his demise, he was attached to the Providence Police Station.

According to reports received, the traffic rank who served at the Kitty and Brickdam Police Stations was in the process of crossing some school children when he was struck by a canter which was overtaking another vehicle.

Following the accident, La Fleur sustained injuries to both hands and a broken right leg. He was discharged from Georgetown Public Hospital but due to persistent pains, he was rushed back to the medical facility last Thursday morning. He died three days later.

 

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