Jamaica Crime News, St James: Dana Minto, the St James nurse charged with causing death by dangerous driving following a collision that claimed two lives in 2017, will have to return to court in another eight days as there has been a further setback in her case,
A committal hearing was supposed to take place in the St. James Parish Court on Tuesday to determine whether the accused woman’s case would be transferred to the St James Circuit Court for trial. That did not happen as presiding judge Natalie Creary-Dixon postponed the hearing until May 29 following a discussion with Minto’s lawyer Trevor Ho Lyn and the clerk-of-court. Minto’s bail was extended to that date.
The matter had been previously set for committal hearing seven times, and the postponement on Tuesday made it an eighth committal hearing date.
The case was postponed on the first five occasions because the black box data from Minto’s vehicle was outstanding from the case file.
The charge was brought against Minto following an incident on November 13, 2017, when the Toyota Ipsum vehicle she was driving struck four persons along Felicity Road in Glendevon, St James. It is alleged that she was trying to overtake another vehicle when the collision occurred.
Shantae Rose, a 15-year-old grade 10 student of Green Pond High School in St James, and 52-year-old Franklin Hylton died on the spot, while Rose’s mother and sister were hospitalised with non-life-threatening injuries. Minto allegedly jumped from the vehicle and fled the scene, but later turned herself in to the police.