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Dangerous overtaking – Woman sentenced

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East End resident Shamika Bute yesterday pleaded guilty to dangerous driving in relation to a two-vehicle crash that left all parties involved hospitalized.

Magistrate Ayanna Baptiste DaBreo fined Bute $400 for the offence. She has until next week to pay the sum.

Dangerous driving carries a maximum penalty of $500, the court heard.

Bute, who was represented by defence attorney E Leroy Jones, is scheduled to return to court on March 27 to discuss compensation for the complainant.

Reports are that, on March 4 last year, David Cummings was driving his vehicle with his son and another passenger from Road Town, heading in the direction of East End.

Bute was driving in the area of Brandywine Bay when she reportedly decided to overtake a vehicle.

While overtaking, Bute’s vehicle collided into Cummings’.

Everyone involved in the crash was injured and taken to Peebles Hospital.

However, one of the three persons in Cummings’ vehicle sustained the worst injuries, it is reported.

The court was further told that the person worst injured was trapped in the vehicle, and had to be professionally removed by emergency officers.

Police conducted investigations into the crash and Bute was charged.

In court, Magistrate Baptiste Dabreo told Bute it is better to drive at a safe speed and reach her destination in one piece, than not to reach at all.

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