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Lawyer charged in connection with road death

Attorney-at-Law Keisha Chase was Thursday arraigned on a charge of causing death by dangerous driving and she was granted GYD$250,000 bail.

Chase was ordered to return to court on March 30, 2016.

She is charged with causing the death of Julian Leitch of Lama Avenue, Bel Air Park on November 10, 2015 on Duncan Street Campbelville.

Police blocked reporters from entering the courtroom to cover the case that was called befoe Chief Magistrate, Ann Mc Lennan. Unlike other persons who are required to remain in police custody downstairs until the bail is posted, Chase remained in the courtroom until the money was paid before she exited the courtroom and compound via the Brickdam gate and boarded a waiting car. She hid herself from the media with a blue umbrella.

The prosecution’s facts are that Leitch was attempting to cross the road when he was struck by the car, PLL 1881, driven by Chase.

He was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation where he succumbed to his injuries.

  • Emile_Mervin

    REPORT: Leitch was attempting to cross the street when he was struck by the car.

    OPINION: Unless Leitch was using a pedestrian crossing to cross the street, then he was simply jaywalking. Most of us, as pedestrians, break this simple road use rule when we choose to cross a street in the middle of a block.

    The only case against Chase would be related to speeding and visibility at the time of the accident. If the speed limit for the area was 20 or 25 miles an hour and it could be proven by scientific measurement that Chase exceeded the speed limit, then speeding could be argued as a contributing factor to Leitch’s death. Otherwise, it has been argued that a pedestrian is MORE LIKELY to live if struck by a car traveling between 25 mph and 30 mph.

    Visibility would take into account the vehicle’s working headlights, working street lights, weather conditions (heavy rain or fog), and color of clothing Leitch was wearing at time of accident. What would definitely be against Leitch is if he stepped out from behind a vehicle into the path of Chase’s vehicle.