Taxi driver slapped with 2-year jail sentence for killing pensioner in hit-and-run accident

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Ganesh Choonilall, age 25 years, a taxi driver of Airy Hall, Essequibo Coast, who struck down and killed a vegetable vendor, has been found guilty of the offence of causing death by dangerous driving and sentenced to serve a term of imprisonment of two years. 

The accident occurred on September 15, along the Adventure Public Road, Essequibo Coast and resulted in the death of Ameer Ali called “Greens Boy”, 63, of Lot 30 Adventure Public Road. 

The accident occurred around 18:20 hrs. According to previous reports, Ali was walking on the public road when a hire car, HD 2994, struck him. The driver of the taxi was reportedly speeding. 

After the accident the driver reportedly fled the scene, but was later caught by the Police. The injured man who sustained severe head injuries was transported to the Suddie Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival by doctors. 

At the Suddie Magistrate’s Court, Choonilall was charged with causing death by dangerous driving, failing to stop after an accident and failing to render assistance to an injured person. 

At the end of his trial on Friday, he was found guilty of all three charges. In the end, Choonilall was jailed for two years for causing the man’s death by driving dangerously. 

He was fined $20,000 with an alternative of spending one month in prison for each of these two offences: failing to stop after an accident and failing to help an injured person. 

The jail sentences will run concurrently.

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