Driver in fa­tal Cove and John ac­ci­dent re­leased on sta­tion bail

Stabroek News - - NEWS -

The driver who was in­volved in the ac­ci­dent that claimed the life of pedal cy­clist Der­rick Free­man last Fri­day af­ter­noon has been re­leased on sta­tion bail as the po­lice await a post-mortem re­port.

The driver, Den­nis Ste­wart, a res­i­dent of New Mar­ket Street, Ge­orge­town, was placed on $100,000 sta­tion bail.

Stabroek News was told that the au­topsy has been resched­uled for to­mor­row, af­ter which charges are likely to be laid against Ste­wart.

Free­man, 71, died on Fri­day af­ter­noon af­ter he was struck down by the ve­hi­cle be­ing driven by Ste­wart, while at­tempt­ing to cross the Cove and John, East Coast De­mer­ara pub­lic road. He sus­tained mainly head in­juries and was pro­nounced dead on ar­rival at the Ma­haicony Hospi­tal.

This news­pa­per was told that the ve­hi­cle that Ste­wart was driv­ing at the time of the ac­ci­dent, GTT 4080, be­longs to Min­is­ter of State Joseph Har­mon

The driver is said to have told the po­lice that af­ter notic­ing Free­man at­tempt­ing to ride cross the road, he ap­plied brakes but it was too late and he col­lided with him.

Res­i­dents re­called hear­ing a loud im­pact and upon check­ing they saw Free­man’s body on the road­way.

From all in­di­ca­tions, he was head­ing home when the ac­ci­dent oc­curred.

Der­rick Free­man

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