Man Charged with Causing first Road Fatality for 2009 Freed

Neil Patrick Simon of Newton Ground was charged with committing the offence against a native of Santo Domingo who resided at Ponds Extension, St. Kitts, Collin McDonald Hanley alias Pencheon.

The incident occurred at approximately 2:30 on 16th May, 2009, according to a police press release issued at the time.

“Investigations reveal that the jeep (PA8217, owned and driven by Simon) was travelling eastwards along Pond Road when the pedestrian attempted to cross the road from the Spanish Bar and the collision occurred. Hanley was taken to the JNF Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. The left front fender of the jeep was damaged.”

An autopsy was performed on Hanley’s remains on 18th May which revealed that the 44-year-old died as a result of multiple fractures of the skull and broken ribs.

MiyVue understands that Simon appeared before the District ‘A’ Magistrate’s Court in July 2010 for the commencement of the Preliminary Inquiry (PI), which was adjourned with the matter continuing on Thursday, 11th November 2010.

Information reaching this media house indicates that the matter against Simon was dismissed because enough evidence was not provided by the prosecution to satisfy the charge.

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