Driver jailed for three years for causing death of East Bank hotel worker

The man who was charged with causing the death of a hotel worker on the East Bank Demerara late last year, by way of dangerous driving, was yesterday sentenced to three years imprisonment after he was found guilty.

Winston Felix, 59, of Windsor Forest, Railway Embankment, had been placed on $800,000 bail when he first appeared in the Georgetown Magis-trates’ Court 2 and denied that on November 28, 2014 at Agricola Public Road, East Bank Demerara, he drove motor lorry GKK 8663 in a manner dangerous to the public thereby causing the death of Fatima Jamal.

Winston Felix
Winston Felix
Fatima Jamal
Fatima Jamal

The court had heard during his first appearance that he admitted in a statement to seeing Jamal crossing as well as looking both north and south before her attempt to do so. However, the right side of Felix’s vehicle’s bumper hit the woman, who fell to the road and later succumbed to the injuries she sustained.

During yesterday’s proceedings, Magistrate Ann McLennan ruled that Felix was found guilty of causing the death of Jamal.

While handing down sentence the magistrate noted that after reviewing all of the evidence given throughout the trial it was clear that Felix didn’t exercise the 5 C’s while he was driving.

Stabroek News had previously reported that Jamal, formerly of Lot 181 Caesar Street, Agricola was struck while she was crossing the road to go home, after leaving her job at the Alpha Hotel which is located a few blocks away.

She was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hos-pital and connected to a life support machine, in the Intensive Care Unit, where she eventually succumbed.

The matter was successfully prosecuted by Prosecutor Neville Jeffers.

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