Truck driver slapped with causing death charge on $300,000 bail
A 22-year-old truck driver was on Wednesday released on $300,000 bail following his arraignment on a charge of causing death by dangerous driving.
Eric Kennedy of Lot 153 West Ruimveldt, Georgetown, pleaded not guilty to the charge which stated that on May 25, 2020 at Saffon Street, Charlestown, Georgetown, he drove a motor truck in a dangerous manner thereby causing the death of Terry Dhanraj.
Kennedy appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts. He was represented by Attorney-at-Law Bernard DaSilva.
Based on reports, Dhanraj, 23, a wash bay owner of Ogle Railway Embankment, East Coast Demerara (ECD), was in a motor car when it ran into a bridge at Saffon Street, Georgetown and then the trailer of a container truck. The trailer was at the time turning into Saffon Street. Dhanraj sustained head and chest injuries and died while receiving treatment at the hospital. The accident occurred at 21:00h.
Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) footage has since shown that the driver of the truck did not stop before making the turn from Sussex Street onto Saffon Street.
Following the accident, Dhanraj’s mother, Devi Ramdass speaking with the media had said: “It’s hard for me, because that was my baby, and the only word he said to me before he left on Monday was, ‘Mommy, I gon come back just now’, but he never returned.”
The grieving woman revealed that her son died as a result of a fractured skull. “He passed through the windscreen and he hit his head on the truck, because it is the left side brain smash.”
The young man took his last breath without regaining consciousness.
The case will continue on October 7, 2020.