Dangerous driver sentenced to five years

A woman whose dangerous driving resulted in the death of her pregnant friend and unborn child has been sentenced to five years’ imprisonment.  

Justice Carol Beswick handed down the sentence from Jamaica Thursday via a video connection with the Grand Court. 

Justice Beswick sentenced Dorlisa Piercy, 26, to five years’ imprisonment and disqualification from obtaining or holding a driver’s license for five years following her release from prison in connection with the East End car accident on Aug. 14, 2011, that resulted in the death of Karen Edwards, 25, who was eight months pregnant.  

Justice Beswick said aggravating factors in the case included excessive speed, previous violations, and injuries to more than one passenger. There were three passengers in the car with Piercy when the crash occurred.  

The judge did not consider that Piercy was serving bail at the time of the incident because the offense was unrelated, she said. 

The court heard that Piercy had been driving a “vulnerable” passenger who was in her third trimester of pregnancy, that Piercy had shown no physical remorse and would not receive a reduction in sentencing because she had pleaded not guilty. 

“That is the result of Ms. Piercy’s choices,” Justice Beswick said. 

The court also heard that Piercy endured a lengthy hospitalization and rehabilitation due to injuries sustained in the accident, was of good character, and stable in employment.  

Justice Beswick, who had heard the case in Cayman but delivered her ruling remotely after returning to Jamaica, said she would release her rulings within 48 hours.  

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The Toyota involved in the fatal accident. Photo Carol Winker