UCC Lecturer convicted for reckless driving and causing harm

The Winneba District Magistrate Court has convicted a 53-year-old lecturer of the University of Cape Cost (UCC) to a fine of 240.00 Ghana Cedis for reckless and inconsiderate driving and negligently causing harm.

Francis Dela pleaded not guilty to the charges and was convicted accordingly to his own plea.

Prosecution Police Detective Sergeant Peter Agbelie told the court that the complainant of the case is a Minister of the Gospel.

He said on 11th August 2013 at about 19.15 hours, the accused person, Dela was driving a Mitsubishi Gallant Private Car with registration Number GN 971-13 from Accra heading towards Saltpond.

According to the prosecution, the accused person on reaching a spot about 300 meters to Gomoa Okyereko, he veered off from his lane to the opposite direction and crushed with a Mitsubishi L2000 Pick-up with registration Number GW 1349-11 being driven by Pastor Prince Twumasi who was also travelling from Winneba towards Accra.

Detective Sgt. Agbelie said people on board the Pick-up vehicle sustained injuries and were rushed to Winneba Trauma and Specialist Hospital where they were admitted, treated and discharged.

He said both the complaint and the accused were taken to the scene of the accident where measurements were taken in their presence.

He stated further that a Driving Vehicle Licenses Authority (DVLA) engineer was invited to conduct examination on the two accidents cars which revealed that, driving licenses, insurance and roadworthiness certificate on both of them were valid.

The prosecution said after investigations the accused person was arraigned and charged with the offense.

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