Munga says po­lice re­port on fa­tal crash is wrong

The Star (Jamaica) - - Entertainment - SADE GARD­NER STAR Writer

Dee­jay Munga Honourable is re­fut­ing re­ports that he was driv­ing the mo­tor car that was in­volved in a crash on Man­dela High­way on Sat­ur­day. The crash claimed the life of Tashana Cum­ber­mack, a res­i­dent of Canada.

The artiste, who has been dis­charged from the Span­ish Town Hos­pi­tal after be­ing ad­mit­ted, said that he was not the driver of the ve­hi­cle and Cum­ber­mack was not a pas­sen­ger in a Hi­ace bus, as stated by the po­lice.

“What can I say or do for u to re­turn or make up for this?,” Munga posted on In­sta­gram yes­ter­day.

“Tashana Cum­ber­mack aka Tash...aka my Gwal­laa. My heart cries. I will rep con­tin­iously as u have for me... I am sorry!!”

Yes­ter­day, the dee­jay’s at­tor­ney, Christo­pher Townsend, con­firmed that his client is now re­cu­per­at­ing and be­lieves that Munga is un­likely to face charges fol­low­ing the ac­ci­dent.

“We are hop­ing that the po­lice do a thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­cause they are say­ing he was driv­ing, and I can state cat­e­gor­i­cally that he was not driv­ing,” Townsend told THE STAR.

As a mat­ter of fact, if the po­lice do their in­ves­ti­ga­tion prop­erly, they would re­alise the car was ac­tu­ally stopped in Man­dev­ille by po­lice for a spot check, and Man­dev­ille po­lice can con­firm that he (Munga) was ac­tu­ally at the back sleep­ing as he had just fin­ished per­form­ing at a show.”

Munga made the same claim in his In­sta­gram post.

“We were both asleep and nei­ther of us was driv­ing the car, con­trary to the me­dia or any other re­ports,” the artiste wrote.

THREE OTHER MEN

Ac­cord­ing to a re­port from the po­lice’s Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Unit (CCU), the en­ter­tainer, whose given name is Damian Rho­den, and three other men were trav­el­ling in a Toy­ota mo­tor car on Sat­ur­day morn­ing when he lost con­trol of the ve­hi­cle along Man­dela High­way in St Cather­ine. The re­port fur­ther states that the car col­lided with a Suzuki Vi­tara, which then crashed into a minibus in which Cana­dian na­tional, Cum­ber­mack was a pas­sen­ger. The 26-yearold Cum­ber­mack was sub­se­quently pro­nounced dead.

“I don’t know where the po­lice got that re­port from,” Townsend said. “He (Munga) was in the back of the mo­tor ve­hi­cle with the young miss and it’s at the back where the car was really dam­aged,” he said.

“There were two per­sons in the front, in­clud­ing the driver, who were not really in­jured, and Munga was ac­tu­ally asleep when this hap­pened. It is odd be­cause my in­struc­tions are it’s the woman who

rented the ve­hi­cle and she was in the back seat with Munga.”

Cum­ber­mack’s fa­ther has asked for pri­vacy dur­ing this dif­fi­cult time.

Over the past few months,

Munga Honourable has ex­pe­ri­enced a resur­gence on the main­stream mar­ket with the suc­cess of his sin­gle Nah

Mad (Ova Nuh Gyal), pro­duced by Ajus­di­vybz Mu­sic. Twelve years ago, Munga had three songs, Mi Fraid, Earth­quake and Own Thing on the

Greensleeves Records com­pi­la­tion al­bum, The Big­gest Ragga Dance­hall An­thems 2007.

He cur­rently is an­swer­ing to charges after be­ing charged for the mur­der of Cleve­land Smith, who was shot and killed in 2017. The 27-yearold Smith is dance­hall artiste Mr Ve­gas’ nephew. Munga has de­nied the al­le­ga­tions.

Munga Honourable

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