33-year-old woman docked for reckless driving, manslaughter


Police has arraigned one Bola Stephen a  33-year-old woman, for  allegedly causing the death of a 45 year old man, Segun Adewale, through reckless driving.

The suspect was arraigned before an Ogudu Magistrates’ Court. Police prosecutor, Ihiehie Lucky told the court on Wednesday that the accused committed the offence on Sept. 5 along Aina Ajayi St, Ifako-Gbagada road in Lagos State.

He said that the Motor Traffic Division, Ifako office was informed that Ihiehie alleged drove a Range Rover jeep with Reg. No: EKY 910 DN recklessly and negligently on the highway without regards to traffic laws.

The Police also accused the suspect of driving the vehicle in a dangerous manner which led to her hitting the deceased and causing his death. “The deceased was about to cross the road when the accused ran over him. “He was rushed to the hospital but gave up the ghost before even reaching there,” he said.

According to the Prosecutor, the offences are contrary to the Lagos State Road Traffic Law 2012 and are punishable under section 19(1), schedule 1, item 45 and section 20 of the Law.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge of dangerous and reckless driving and manslaughter. The defense counsel, Mr A.O Olusegun told the court that the parties are negotiating settlement. He said the accused and her family had participated in the burial arrangements of the deceased. “The accused’s family has equally furnished considerable monetary commitment to the family of the deceased who are equally ready to withdraw the case,” Olusegun said.

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He told the court that the two parties had agreed to withdraw the case, adding that they intended to withdraw the case before the next adjourned date.  Magistrate O. Sule- Amzat granted the accused bail in the sum of N10, 000 with one surety. The case was adjourned to Oct. 17.

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