Driver Sentenced to 1 Year After Flat Bridge Accident which Killed Six People

Jamaica News, March 15, 2018 Flat Bridge Accident

St Catherine, Jamaica (McKoy’s News) – Our news team has learnt that Elfrego Slew of Dam Head in St Catherine who was the driver in the ill-fated Flat Bridge accident which claimed the life of six persons in the year 2016, was sentenced to one year in prison.

The accused appeared in the St Catherine Circuit Court in December of 2017 and pleaded guilty to six counts of manslaughter.  He attended Court again last Friday, March 16 and was sentenced to one year in prison.

The sentence will run concurrently with the sentencing of having his driver’s license suspended for the next five years.  Our news team has learnt that on Saturday, July 16, 2016, Slew was transporting church members in a Blue Suzuki Vitara Jeep in St Catherine.  On reaching Flat Bridge he reportedly misjudged the turn into the bridge and the vehicle plunged into the Rio Cobre River.

Six persons who were passengers in the vehicle,  43-year-old Bishop Stephen Ricketts along with his two sons Sujay and Shevaughne Ricketts, 29-year-old Benjamin Ellis, 21-year-old Shantel Morris and O’Neil Robinson – all lost their lives.

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