A Virgin Gorda resident was ordered to pay $80,000 in compensation and will serve 45 days at Her Majesty’s Prison since his reckless driving caused a man to lose a limb three years ago.
Andrew David was initially sentenced to 90 days. But, considering the time that has already passed since the offence, Senior Magistrate Tamia Richards ruled for the offender to only serve half that time.
During his court appearance on Tuesday, the senior magistrate said the remaining 45 days will be suspended for one year. That effectively means the offender will only serve the next half of his 90-day sentence if he commits another offence within the next year.
What the court heard happened
The court heard that on May 21, 2016, the victim, Cliff Creque, was socialising with friends near an apartment complex on Virgin Gorda.
Creque was said to be standing roughly two feet away from the sidewalk when two motorcyclists passed heading in an easterly direction.
During that moment, a jeep travelling in what was described as a high speed, swerved close to the sidewalk and struck Creque.
Upon impact, Creque was tossed in the middle of the road, causing his trousers to become ripped and his legs to bleed profusely.
He was subsequently taken to the Nurse Iris O’Neal Clinic on Virgin Gorga and later transported to Peebles Hospital — now called the Dr D Orlando Smith Hospital.
The victim underwent surgery there but was later flown to Colombia where he received further treatment.
On May 22, 2016, the court heard that the officers were made aware of the accident, and they launched an investigation.
The offender, David, identified himself as the driver of the said vehicle and was subsequently cautioned, interviewed, and charged with the offence of reckless driving.