By Kamal Haynes, BVI News Staff
The driver of the flatbed truck that was involved in last week’s fatal traffic accident with a motor scooter is in police custody and is facing at least one charge.
This was revealed by Head of the Police Traffic Division, Sergeant (Sgt) Augustus Bruce whose division has not yet released the truck driver’s name.
It was reported that the truck driver had fled the scene of the ill-fated Duff’s Bottom crash that claimed the life of the scooter rider who succumbed to head and groin injuries at the Dr D Orlando Smith Hospital hours after the collision.
“He (the truck driver) fled the scene but he has turned himself into the police so there is someone of interest presently assisting the police with investigations,” Sgt Bruce stated.
“In this case the guy ran because he is not a holder of a driver’s license,” the law enforcer further said.
Why motorists involved in accidents sometimes flee the scene
Addressing what he described as the serious matter of fleeing the scene of an accident, Sergeant Bruce said such actions is also a chargeable offence.
But, for the time being, the truck operator is only charged with driving without a licence, pending the completion of police investigations into the crash.
“It would be an automatic charge for driving without a driver’s license, but that does not mean that because you don’t have a license that you are at fault in terms of the accident itself,” Sergeant Bruce explained.
In regards to any other charges related to the accident, Sgt Bruce said: “He (the driver) has been warned about a note of intended prosecution at this point because the investigation is not complete. I can’t say that he would be charged but he was warned about prosecution.”
And while explaining why some motorists flee the scenes of traffic accidents, Sgt Bruce said: “Most persons run from accident scenes for different reasons. For one, they may be driving without a driver’s license. Number two, they may be driving without insurance and number three; they may be frightened depending on the magnitude of the collision whether persons may attack them based on the nature of the accident.”
As investigations continue into the matter, persons with any information regarding the accident are asked to contact the Road Policing Unit at 284-368-9836 or the RVIPF Intelligence Unit at 284-368-9339.
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