Guilty plea in fatal 2015 smash

Donovan Kellyman pleaded guilty Friday in the Cayman Islands Grand Court to two charges filed against him in a deadly auto-pedestrian accident that occurred in April 2015.

Marcia Donaldson, who was walking or jogging along South Sound Road early on April 25, 2015, was struck by the Suzuki Grand Vitara Kellyman drove at around 5 a.m.

On Friday, Kellyman pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving and to driving while intoxicated and causing death.

Kellyman was allowed to be released on bail until his sentencing date, Sept. 22, largely because his family told the court that he had to go off island for work. A social inquiry report would also be required to be completed prior to the sentencing date, the court heard. [*]

The Crown did not object to bail, provided a $5,000 surety was given to the court before Kellyman’s departure on Monday and that proof of his return flight also be provided.

“There’s no prospect that he’s not going to return,” Kellyman’s attorney, Laurence Aiolfi, said.

Prosecutors alleged Kellyman had driven “without due care and attention,” thereby causing Ms. Donaldson’s death. The Crown also alleged that Kellyman’s blood-alcohol level was measured at 0.120, above the legal limit of 0.100.


[*] Information about the defendant’s social inquiry report added to the story.