Taxi driver in court on death by careless driving charge

Next court appearance scheduled for Nov. 30

Taxi driver Roy Clivey Tamasa, charged in the death of pedestrian Dr. Vary Anetta Jones-Leslie outside Owen Roberts International Airport in July last year, appeared in Grand Court on Friday.

Mr. Tamasa, 70, of Bodden Town, has been charged with causing death by careless/dangerous driving. He is next scheduled to appear before the court on Friday, Nov. 30.

Mr. Tamasa’s attorney, Richard Barton, said Friday that the defense has submitted expert testimony to the Crown counsel regarding the speed of the vehicle, a Toyota Hiace, and the exact point of contact with the pedestrian.

The Crown will have seven days to complete its review and plans to serve a report back to the defense attorney by Nov. 7.

Both sides will be back in court on Nov. 30, at which point the defendant may be asked to enter a plea.

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Dr. Jones-Leslie, 62, was a visiting obstetrician-gynecologist from Jamaica who had just arrived in Cayman to work on temporary assignment at the Cayman Islands Hospital in George Town.

She died on July 18, 2017, after being struck by the vehicle as she crossed Owen Roberts Drive the previous morning.

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