Basseterre, St. Kitts – CHRISTOPHER TRUE, the driver of the vehicle that was involved in a traffic accident which resulted in the death of Pastor Mark Hodge, was charged and subsequently bailed in the sum of EC$500,000 and a number of conditions.
According to a police communiqué, the Frigate Bay resident was charged with the offence of Causing the Death of Another Person and was granted bail on Thursday, May 23, 2019.
One of the conditions in which bail was granted, is that EC$100,000 from the overall sum (EC$500,000) had to be paid as cash surety.
The other conditions are: he is to report to Frigate Bay Police station every Sunday between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.; he is to surrender all travel documents forthwith; he should not leave the Jurisdiction unless the matter dispensed with; he is refrained from driving any motor vehicles in the Federation; and any breach of these conditions will result in the revocation of bail.
The accident had occurred on Wellington Road in the vicinity of Flow’s ground at approximately 1:40 a.m. on Saturday, November 18, 2017.
A police report stated that it had involved Pastor Mark Hodge’s motor van (P9838) and two other vehicles – motor jeep PA5711, owned by the Scenic Railway and was driven by Christopher True, and motor jeep PB496 owned by Neysa Baker-Tyson of Old Road.
Circumstances surrounding the accident were that PB496 and P9838 were parked on the western side slightly on the road facing south.
Pastor Hodge was reportedly standing next to his vehicle while PA5711 was travelling north along Wellington Road. However, when PA5711 had reached the vicinity of Flow’s ground, it struck Pastor Hodge and collided with the front bumper of his vehicle, which then caused the rear bumper to collide with the front bumper of PB496.
A unit from the Emergency Medical Services had transported Hodge to the JNF General Hospital, where he succumb to his injuries.
Officers had visited the scene, conducted investigations and had taken True into custody.
Following his bail, Christopher True is scheduled to stand trial in September 2019.