Garbage truck driver on $400,000 bail for Linden fatal accident

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A garbage truck driver attached to the Mayor and Town Council (M&TC) of Linden, Region 10 was on Wednesday charged with causing the death of a motorcyclist and driving without a licence. 

48-year-old Rawle Stanton of 303 One Mile Wismar, Linden appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts where two charges were read to him. 

The first charge stated that on September 12, 2021, at  One Mile Public Road, Linden, he drove motor lorry GWW 9089 owned by M&TC Linden in a manner dangerous to the public thereby causing the death of 23-year-old Adrian Andries. 

It was further alleged that on the same day and at the same location, he drove the motor lorry when he was not the holder of a driver’s licence. 

Stanton pleaded not guilty to both charges after they were read to him by the Magistrate. The Chief Magistrate granted him bail in the sum of $400,000 on the causing death by dangerous driving charge. 

He was released on $20,000 bail on the charge of driving without a licence.

The conditionality of the bail is that he report to the One Mile Police Station every month until the hearing and determination of the trial.  He was instructed to make his next court appearance on October 6, 2021.

Stanton was represented by Attorney-at-law Gordon Gilhuys who told the court that his client is the holder of a driver’s licence but not for the class of vehicle he was driving at the time of the accident.

The lawyer asked the court to release his client on reasonable bail. 

The court prosecutor stated that on the day in question, the motor lorry was proceeding west on the northern side of One Mile Public Road when the driver of the said lorry stopped to pick up garbage. 

The driver then drove off and attempted to turn south across the road where he ended up into the path of motorcycle CK 8951 which was proceeding east on the northern side of the road.

As a result, the front of the motorcycle collided to the right side front of the motor lorry, causing the motorcyclist, Adrian Andries to fall into a drain on the northern side of the road where he received head injuries.

He was picked up in an unconscious state and taken to the Mackenzie Hospital Complex where he was pronounced dead on arrival. 

The matter was then reported and following an investigation, Stanton was arrested and charged.

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