Linden driver charged with causing traffic cop’s death

The driver who knocked down traffic cop Nakosi ‘Kelvin’ LaFleur was yesterday remanded to prison after being charged with causing his death by dangerous driving.

A city court heard that on April 11, along the Eccles Public Road, Ron Cole, 40, of Lot 15 Blueberry Hill, Wismar, Linden, drove GRR 3955 in a manner dangerous to the public, thereby causing the death of LaFleur.

Ron Cole
Ron Cole
Nakosi LaFleur
Nakosi LaFleur

Cole, who works as a driver, was not required to plead to the indictable charge, after it was read to him by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.

Police Prosecutor Deniro Jones objected to Cole receiving bail, based on the gravity of the charge.

According to Jones, on the day in question LaFleur was directing traffic when he was struck from behind by the accused. According to a post-mortem report, LaFleur died as a result of a haemorrhage, Jones added. The police file is, however, still incomplete, he noted.

Cole was subsequently remanded to prison by the Chief Magistrate. The court also suspended his driver’s licence until the end of the trial. His matter was adjourned until May 6 for report.

Prior to his death, LaFleur had said he was struck down while helping children across the public road.

He was discharged from the Georgetown Public Hospital a day after the accident but was rushed back there when his condition had worsened on Thursday and he succumbed.

 

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