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Mandeville man charged in boy's death for US court August 2

Published:Monday | June 27, 2016 | 6:35 PM

A Jamaican man charged in connection with the death of a 12-year-old boy in the United States is to return to the North Carolina Circuit Court on August 2.

Gary Alphonso Thomas who is from Settlement near Mandeville in Manchester is charged with misdemeanour death by vehicle.

The Gaston Gazette reports that Thomas was originally granted bail in the amount of US$1 million but Gaston County District Court judge Richard Abernethy last week reduced the bond to US$15,000.

Thomas arose from a June 17 accident which resulted in the death of 12-year-old Zachary Dillion Saunders and the injury of his father Brandon Saunders.

The Jamaican man told reporters that he had pulled over to the side of the road to take a phone call before pulling back into the right lane, when the white box truck being driven by the father of the 12-year-old child hit his 18-wheeler truck killing the child.

Thomas was arrested and charged by the police following the accident.

The Gaston Gazette reports that the citation issued by the Highway Patrol indicates that Thomas unintentionally caused the boy's death by making an unsafe movement and impeding traffic.