Mocha businessman on $1M bail after dangerous driving death charge

A Mocha businessman was yesterday granted $1,000,000 bail after he denied causing the death of a woman, whom he struck along the Herstelling Public Road, through dangerous driving.

Cleveland Softleigh pleaded not guilty to the charge that on July 29th, 2017, he drove motorcar PKK 3251 in a manner dangerous to the public, thereby causing the death of 64-year-old Ingrid James.

Cleveland Softleigh

The prosecutor’s case is that on the said date at about 8.20 pm, Softleigh was proceeding at a fast rate along the Herstelling Public Road and collided with James, who at the time was crossing. James, who landed some distance away from the point of impact, was picked up by Softleigh and taken to the Diamond Hospital.

Dead Ingrid James

It was previously reported that as a result of the collision, James’ left leg was severed and she sustained injuries to her head and body. She was pronounced dead on arrival at the Diamond Hospital, after being transported there in an unconscious state. A statement from the police had said that the woman was reportedly crossing the road and walked into the path of the vehicle.

With Softleigh’s not guilty plea, Magistrate Judy Latchman placed him on $1,000,000 bail and adjourned the matter until December 5th.

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