Driver Charged with Manslaughter in Mandela Highway Crash to Return to Court this Friday   

Jamaica News, Kingston: Our news team has learnt that Odeki Russell, the man who was charged with Manslaughter in connection with the dreaded Mandela Highway crash on Sunday, April 29, which claimed the life of Marlene James,  a 34-year-old woman of Old Braeton in Portmore,  and the injuring of four other people, will return to Court on Friday, May 18.

Upon his recent appearance in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court last Thursday, the prosecution bench pointed out to Parish Judge Vaughn Smith that, the accused was speeding at a rate of over 125 kilometers on the roadway which was under repair when he should have been proceedings at a speed limit at 45 kilometers.

His Attorney, Orane Nelson, made all attempts to convince the presiding Judge otherwise, but Russell was remanded until this Friday.

Reports by the Duhaney Park police are that, shortly after 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, James was among other passengers travelling in a Black Toyota Corolla motor car which was driven by Russell towards Six Miles.

Russell was in the process of overtaking a line of traffic when he collided with a garbage truck.  The impact then sent the Corolla crashing into two other motor cars.

All three vehicles spun and ended up across the median and collided with two other vehicles.  James along with two other females and two males sustained head and body injuries. They were rushed to hospital where James was pronounced dead and the other victims admitted in serious condition.

Following an investigation, the police disclosed that the stretch of roadway was under repair and therefore all motorist should have been proceeding at a relatively slow pace.

Russell was accused to have been the sole cause behind the dreaded crash henceforth he was slapped with charges.


By Henry Bucknor

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