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PNP councillor Sylvan Reid to go on trial today

Published:Monday | March 27, 2017 | 3:00 AM

People’s National Party (PNP) Councillor for the Salt Spring division in the St James Municipal Corporation, Sylvan Reid, is expected to go on trial today in the St James Circuit Court for causing death by dangerous driving.

Reid, who is being represented by attorneys K.D. Knight, Roy Fairclough and Tamika Spencer, is also charged with failing to report an accident, failing to stop at an accident scene and for having no insurance coverage.

The trial should have started last week but was adjourned after witnesses failed to appear in court.

Presiding High Court Justice Vivienne Harris issued subpoenas for the witnesses to be brought before the court.

It's alleged that, on November 9, 2013, Jevaughn Whitmore, who was a student at Cornwall College and a member of the Montego Bay United Football Club, was hit from his bicycle by a Mitsubishi Pajero sport utility vehicle.

It was later discovered that the vehicle belonged to Reid.

Witnesses allegedly told the police that Reid was one of two persons who exited the vehicle and then left the scene after the crash.

Hours after the crash, the councillor reportedly showed up at the Granville Police Station and reported that his vehicle was stolen from his farm.

He denied being involved in the crash.

He was subsequently arrested and charged following a ruling by the Director of Public Prosecutions.