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Case dismissed against Sylvan Reid

Published:Monday | April 3, 2017 | 4:10 PM

The court case of causing death by dangerous driving against Councillor Sylvan Reid was dismissed in the St James Circuit Court this morning.

Reid was freed after the prosecution entered a conditional nolle prosequi due to the absence of several prosecution witnesses who again failed to appear in court.

Following this morning's development, both Reid and his attorney K.D. Knight maintained that the prosecution does not have a case.

Reid said he feels vindicated.


Councillor Sylvan Reid

Reid was being accused of causing the 2013 death of Jevaughn Whitmore, son of national football coach Theodore 'Tappa' Whitmore

It was alleged that 14-year-old Whitmore, who was a student at Cornwall College and a member of the Montego Bay United Football Club, was pushing his bicycle in the vicinity of the Retirement and Tucker intersection in St James when he was hit by a Mitsubishi Pajero sport utility vehicle.

It was later discovered that the vehicle belonged to Reid.

Eyewitnesses allegedly told police investigators that Reid, who is the councillor for the Salt Spring division in the St James Municipal Corporation, was one of two persons who alighted from the vehicle and left the scene after the accident.

Reid denied the claim telling the police that his vehicle was stolen from his yard.