Unlicenced driver charged with causing death of Region One councilwoman


An unlicenced driver who is accused of causing the death of Region One (Barima-Waini) councilwoman in a vehicular accident in June, last, was on Monday charged with the offence.

Deonarine Kumar, 23, of Port Kaituma, Region One appeared before Magistrate Dylon Bess at the Mathews Ridge Magistrate’s Court. Kumar was charged with causing death by dangerous driving; unlicenced driver, and driving an uninsured motor vehicle. 

He was not required to plead to the causing death by driving charge and was placed on $500,000 bail.

The matter is adjourned until November 2 for statements. 

According to reports, on June 18, 2021, at around 17:30 hrs, 39-year-old Juanita Sobers, a Secretary of the Baramita Village Council lost her life in an accident. 

A police report stated that at the time of the accident, a minibus BPP 9730 in which Sobers was traveling was proceeding west along the southern side of the road with five passengers, and descending a hill at about 30 to 40km per hour. 

At the time, the bus was being driven by Kumar who told the Police that he was driving along without incident when suddenly the vehicle started to travel in a “left-to-right motion”. 

He then tried to apply brakes and as a result, the bus run into a “baranka” on the northern edge of the road. This caused the passengers to be thrown out of the vehicle. They were then picked up and taken to the Baramita Health Centre where Sobers was pronounced dead on arrival.

Dead: Juanita Sobers


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