The police constable who was involved in the May 26 accident on the ABC Highway that claimed the life of 52-year-old Owen Stuart has been released on $5,000 bail.
Renaldo Jerome Goodman of Glebe Land, St George, appeared before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant today charged with seven offences under the Road Traffic Act.
According to a police report, which was issued at the time of the accident, the 29-year-old motorcyclist was traveling from Pine Hill towards the JTC Ramsay roundabout, commonly known as the Bussa roundabout, around 11:55 p.m. On reaching the area of the traffic lights, two motorcars were stationary, one in each lane. At the same time Stuart, a pedestrian, was crossing and was struck by the motorcyclist who then mounted the Jersey barrier and ended up on the other side of the carriageway.
He sustained a fractured left forearm and multiple abrasions to his face and abdomen while Stuart suffered head injuries, lacerations to his abdomen and a fractured left foot. They were taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital where Stuart later died.
Goodman is now charged with causing Stuart’s death while riding a motorcycle in a manner dangerous to the public.
He is also accused of using the motorcycle, registration number G1305, after 8 p.m. despite being prohibited from doing so on his learner’s permit; using fraudulent number plates; driving without insurance and road tax and driving the motorcycle when the letter ‘L’ was not properly displayed on the front or the rear.
The accused cop was not required to enter a plea after the charges were read to him.
Goodman, who is represented by attorney-at-law Francis Worrell, will next appear before the District ‘A’ Traffic Court when the charges will again be read to him on June 25.