Guilty plea entered in driving death

Truck/van collision occurred in October 2012

Fitzroy Marvin Roach pleaded guilty Friday to causing the death of Beverley Elaine Ramsay by careless driving on Oct. 16, 2012. 

Details of the charge are that Roach, now 32, caused her death by driving a truck on the Esterley Tibbetts Highway without due care and attention. The truck was a Nissan UD box truck. 

Ms. Ramsay, 59, was driving a Hyundai van. 

Police at the time said the incident occurred just after 6 a.m. when the box truck, headed southbound toward George Town, collided with the van, which was traveling northbound toward West Bay. 

Roach faces a further charge of driving without being qualified, but defense attorney Dennis Brady asked in Grand Court on Friday that this charge be reviewed. 

He said the situation was not that Roach was not licensed to drive, but there was some ambiguity as to the tonnage of the vehicle he could legally drive. 

Justice Charles Quin said he would leave the not guilty plea previously entered, to be dealt with later. 

At Mr. Brady’s request, the judge said he would order a social inquiry report before sentencing. 

Crown counsel Greg Walcolm asked for a victim impact statement also, and the judge agreed. 

Mr. Brady urged the court to accept that the lateness of the plea was no fault of the defendant. It was a question of the difficulties in arranging for a traffic accident expert to come to the island, he explained. 

Justice Quin said the court would take that into consideration. He set the sentencing hearing for Nov. 19, at 2:15 p.m.