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Bus driver in Portmore crash had 85 outstanding traffic tickets

Published:Wednesday | May 30, 2012 | 9:06 AM

Livern Barrett, Gleaner Writer

The bus driver involved in a crash that killed a schoolboy yesterday will have to answer for more than 90 traffic violations, even as he waits to know his fate in relation to that incident.

Head of the Police Traffic Division Senior Superintendent Radcliffe Lewis, said checks have revealed that the male driver has racked up 85 tickets from the police and six warrants from the Transport Authority.

The driver, who surrendered to the Greater Portmore Police yesterday afternoon, was interviewed by detectives and Lewis saids he will be charged with either manslaughter or death by careless driving.

Fifteen year-old Ascot High School student Lennox Lloyd was killed, when the bus he and 20 other passengers were travelling in crashed into a ditch.

Eyewitnesses and family members have insisted that police and Transport Authority personnel were chasing the bus when it crashed.

However, Senior Superintendent Lewis has denied the claim and says students who were onboard the bus have confirmed that there was no chase.

He said those claiming that the bus was being chased are trying to thwart the efforts of the police to clamp down on illegal bus operators.