Dana Minto, the St. James nurse charged with causing death by dangerous driving, following a collision that claimed two lives in 2017, was postponed until May 2 to give the prosecution time to collect the scene of crime CDs from the Accident Investigation and Reconstruction Unit.
Minto made a brief appearance before presiding judge Kaysha Grant at the St. James Parish Court on Monday..
The court has been awaiting documents relating to the black box from the motor vehicle that Minto was driving but on the last mention date on March 5 when the matter was mentioned before Natalie Creary-Dixon, the court was told that the officer who had examined the vehicle in the initial stage did not get anything from the black box that could assist the case. As a result, attorney-at-law Trevor Ho Lyn, who is representing Minto, requested a letter from the officer who had examined the vehicle stating his findings.
On Monday, attorney-at-law Deanndra Phillips, who was acting on Ho Lyn’s behalf, informed the court that she was in receipt of the letter from the Accident Investigation and Reconstruction Unit and that she was told that the CDs with the photographs would be available tomorrow.
The matter was subsequently set for mention on May 2 and Minto’s bail was extended.
Minto was arrested and charged following the November 13, 2017, accident in which the Toyota Ipsum motor vehicle she was driving along Felicity Road in Glendevon got out of control and struck persons while she was allegedly trying to overtake another vehicle.
Fifteen-year-old Shantae Rose, a grade 10 student of Green Pond High School, and 52-year-old Franklin Hylton were killed on the spot. Rose’s mother and sister were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.
Following the accident, Minto reportedly jumped from her vehicle and fled the scene. She subsequently surrendered to the police and was arrested and charged.