TEEN BIKER’S DEATH: Pick-up driver in hit-and-run jailed for two years, nine months
Dellon Duncan, the man charged for causing the death of 17-year-old Travis Bollers was on Wednesday jailed for two years, nine months, when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.
He stood before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan who handed down the sentence. McLennan, in handing down her ruling, told the defendant that there is no doubt that the prosecution proved that the death of the deceased was as a result of dangerous driving.
She noted that the witnesses called by the Prosecution – Quacy McCalmont, Nigel Edghill and Shaunette Brown – all give consistent testimonies.
Magistrate McLennan told the defendant that his account of what occurred on the night of the accident was considered before making a ruling but the court was not satisfied with the evidence presented by the defence. Duncan in his evidence told the court that on the night of the accident, he saw a motorcycle but did not see anyone after he stopped to check.
After handing down her sentence, the defendant asked for the court to have compassion and mercy on him and asked for forgiveness from family members of the deceased.
Bollers and his cousin, Quacy McCalman, 22, of Werk-en-Rust, Georgetown, were riding a motorcycle along Pike Street, Campbellville, headed towards Sheriff Street when they collided with the Toyota Tacoma pick-up that had turned into the street.
Bollers, who was controlling the bike; and McCalman, the pillion rider, were subsequently rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where the teen was pronounced dead on arrival while McCalman was admitted.
Following the teen’s death, his brother Eon Bollers, launched a Facebook campaign to find the driver of the pick-up who had fled the scene. His family also staged a protest at the Square of the Revolution to press authorities to bring the man to justice.
Duncan was identified as the driver of the vehicle involved in the accident and his vehicle was found in a mechanic shop where it was being repaired.
He denied all allegations that he was involved in the accident.