The man accused of causing the death of hotel worker Lovina Williams by dangerous driving, pleaded not guilty at the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court yesterday.
Hafraz Mangroo, denied that he caused the death of Williams, on February 6, on the Liliendaal Public Road, East Coast Demerara, by driving in a dangerous manner.
Mangroo was able to plead after the Administration of Justice Act was applied. Otherwise the matter would have been handled indictably and a preliminary inquiry held.
Police Prosecutrix Anthony, told the court that statements were outstanding, and asked Magistrate Alex Moore for an adjournment.
Relatives had told Stabroek News that Williams, 37, of Melanie Damishana, East Coast Demerara, who had worked at the City Holiday Inn, had been waiting on transportation on the Public Road, when she was struck down. The driver of a car proceeding east along the Rupert Craig Highway allegedly lost control of his vehicle which slammed into the woman before plunging into a nearby drain.
The woman appeared to have died on the spot. The case will be called again on April 29 for statements.