Senior citizen charged in Christmas Day road fatality

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ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The elderly Powells man, who allegedly struck and killed a 23-year-old man on Sir George Walter Highway Christmas Day, has been charged for the incident.

Elderfield Henry appeared in St John’s Magistrates’ Court yesterday on a charge of causing death by dangerous driving.

The 70-year-old man was granted bail in the sum of $50,000 with a cash deposit of $10,000 and two sureties.

In addition to reporting to the Coolidge Police Station three days each week, he has to surrender both his passports – Canadian and that of Antigua & Barbuda.

Allegedly, the 70-year-old man was picked up at the airport on Friday – trying to leave Antigua on an American Airlines flight bound for the United States of America.

Police placed at stop order at VC Bird International Airport, and after receiving word he was attempting to leave, they went and took him into custody.

They initially charged him with dangerous driving but later filed the more serious indictable offence.

The Powells man’s attorney, Cosbert Cumberbatch, told the court his client was not attempting to abscond from the country.

Cumberbatch said the man was leaving to seek medical treatment and added the flight arrangements were made since October last year, for him to travel in December.

He explained the man made several changes to his flight itinerary after going to the police to verify if and when charges would be laid against him.

Allegations are Kevin Thomas of Carlisle was on his way home on the Christmas holiday about 10:45 pm, when he was struck from behind by Henry’s blue Mitsubishi jeep, A5659.

The 23-year-old was traveling north on the highway, the same direction as the motor jeep. He was pronounced dead on the scene. Thomas was the third road fatality for 2012. Committal proceedings are set for April 24.

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