Cop faces court
A police constable charged in connection with the road death of a 52-year-old man, faced an additional six traffic offences yesterday.
Renaldo Jerome Goodman, 29, of Glebe Land, St George, is accused of riding a motorcycle on the ABC Highway in a manner dangerous to the public, which caused the death of Owen Stuart on May 26.
Appearing in the District “A” Magistrates’ Court, he was also charged with using
• without valid insurance;
• without paying the requisite road tax;
• with fraudulent licence plates;
• without the requisite “L” affixed to the front or rear;
• after 8 p.m.
as specified in the permit; and
• which was not registered with the Licensing Authority.
The lawman was not required to plead before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant.
He was represented by attorney Anthony Francis-Worrell.
Prosecutor Sergeant Cameron Gibbons did not object as Magistrate Cuffy-Sargeant granted Goodman $5 000 bail and transferred the matter to the Bridgetown Traffic Court, where he is scheduled to appear on Monday.
Stuart, who was a pedestrian crossing the ABC Highway at Mount Friendship, St Michael, around five minutes to midnight, was involved in a collison with the cycle ridden by Goodman.
The father of one was the 16th road fatality for the year.
According to a police report, Goodman was travelling from Pine Hill towards the JTC Ramsay Circle (commonly called the Bussa Roundabout) when he reached the traffic lights and zebra crossing from St Barnabas to Mount Friendship.
Police said there was a car stationary in each lane at the traffic lights, while Stuart was crossing the road. That is when the collision occurred. The motorcycle mounted the jersey barrier and ended up on the other side of the highway.
Goodman received a fractured left forearm and multiple abrasions to the face and abdomen.
Stuart succumbed to his injuries the next day in hospital. (RA)