Driver fined for killing two

The Agona Swedru Circuit Court, presided over by Mr Yaw Atta Sampong, has imposed a GH¢1,800 fine on a driver, Yaw Yeboah, for reckless driving which claimed the lives of a taxi driver and a passenger on the spot on the outskirts of Mankomeda, near Awutu Bawjiase in the Central Region.

Richard Armah, the taxi driver, and Veronica Darko (43), a passenger, died in the accident.

The survivor of the accident, Lucy Arthur, 33, sustained injuries and had to be hospitalised for some time before she was discharged.

Yeboah, 36, who initially pleaded not guilty to the charges of careless and inconsiderate driving and negligently causing harm, later changed his plea to guilty, prompting the judge to convict him on his own plea.

Yeboah would serve two years’ imprisonment if he failes to pay the fine.

The Akyem Swedru Circuit Court judge, Mr Sampong, doing additional duties, further ordered Yeboah to compensate Lucy with GH¢200, despite the fact that he paid for the medical bills, as well as the funeral expenses of the accident victims.

The prosecutor, Inspector Alfred Boatey, said Yeboah was a Kasoa-based driver who was in charge of a tipper truck loaded with quarry chippings from Kasoa enroute to Bawjiase on November 23, 2012, at 6:05am.

The prosecutor said Yeboah was negotiating a curve on the outskirts of Mankomeda when he veered off his lane into the lane of an oncoming vehicle and crashed into the taxicab being driven by Armah.

According to Inspector Boatey, both vehicles got badly damaged but that it was the taxicab which got damaged beyond repair, with its driver (Armah) and a passenger aboard it (Veronica Darko, 43) dying on the spot.

Inspector Boatey said the two bodies were deposited at the Winneba Municipal Hospital mortuary where an autopsy was performed after which they were released to their respective relatives for burial.

He said the duplicate docket was sent to the Attorney-General’s Department in Cape Coast which later directed that Yeboah should be charged with the offences as stated on the charge sheet.

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