A Tarkwa Circuit Court has fined a 24 year-old mechanic, Umar Farouk GH?1,080 for dangerous driving and negligently causing harm.He pleaded not guilty.
The Prosecutor, Detective Chief Inspector Oscar Amponsah, told the Court presided over by Mr. Emmanuel Bart Plange-Brew that on May 17, 2015, at about 1030 hours, the convict was engaged by one Alhassan Iddirisu to repair his faulty Kia Rhino truck with registration number WR 1022-14, which was parked at a fuel station at Essaman on the Tarkwa-Takoradi highway.
He said after the repairs, the convict decided to go on a drive test from Essaman to Nsueam.
He said on reaching a section of the road near Nsueam, Farouk lost control of the steering wheel and veered off his lane into the other lane.
Detective Amponsah said in the process an Opel Astra taxi cab with registration number WR 5202-12, which was then driven by Charles Gyamfi with a woman and her two sons on board from the opposite direction crashed into the back tyres of the truck killing the 30 year-old woman.
The Prosecutor said the deceased was trapped in the taxi cab and the Fire service personnel from Agona Nkwanta were called in before the body was removed and conveyed to the Effia Nkwanta Hospital Morgue for autopsy.
He said the deceased two sons, Gyamfi and Farouk sustained injuries and were taken to the Nsueam Health Centre and Agona Nkwanta Health Centre respectively for treatment.
Detective Amponsah said both vehicles were badly damaged and Mr. Francis Atsu Savor, Senior Technician Engineer at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority office in Tarkwa was invited to test and examine the vehicles involved.
He said after investigation, a duplicate docket was prepared and forwarded to the Attorney General’s office at Sekondi for study and advice.
Detective Amponsah said on October 28, 2015, a letter was received from the Law office Sekondi with the advice that the accused be charged with the offences.