Following a court agreement to compensate the family of Police Officer Carl Roach who died during an accident in 2019, Towanda Clarke of Norton and Haley Streets, Wortmanville, Georgetown, is now freed of causing the officer’s death.
Clarke, who was a Corporate Secretary attached to the National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (NAREI) had previously denied that on November 25, 2019, at Brickdam Public Road and Chalmers Place, Georgetown, she dangerously drove motorcar PMM 2528 which resulted in the death of Police Officer Carl Roach.
On Tuesday Clarke appeared before Senior Magistrate Leron Daly who discontinued the charge against her. The matter was discontinued almost a year after she was charged with causing the death of Roach by dangerous driving.
When the matter was called at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts, the mother of the deceased accepted to be compensated, therefore bringing the matter to an end. Clarke was represented by Attorney Dexter Todd, who had previously made a successful bail application. She had been released on $700,000 bail.
According to Police Prosecutor Neville Jeffers, Clarke was proceeding on the northern side of the Brickdam Public Road and while approaching Chalmers Place, she turned south without stopping, thereby colliding with motorcycle CH 9436.
As a result, the motorcyclist, identified as Roach, was flung 150 feet from point of impact, hitting a light pole on the southern side of the road, and sustained injuries about his body. He was pronounced dead on the scene by a doctor and Clarke was arrested.