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Thursday, 11 January 2018 00:00

The family of 19 year-old Kendal Goff, a resident of Double Head Cabbage, has been forced to make funeral preparations for him, after he was knocked down and killed. A family friend has since been criminally charged for the accident which claimed his life.

Police say that at around 6 o’clock on Tuesday morning, January 9, 2017, they responded to a report that a traffic accident had occurred in Burrell Boom Village. When they arrived, they found Goff’s body in a yard near to the horse track, on the road from Bermudian Landing to Burrell Boom. Nearby, they found a green Mazda pickup truck, with damages to the front portion. The cops quickly established that this was the vehicle which knocked him down.

Their initial investigation has revealed that Goff, a truck driver, was crossing the road after getting off a bus. While he was walking across, he was hit by the Mazda pickup, which was being driven by 55 year-old Christopher Vernon, a resident of Burrell Boom. He suffered severe head and body injuries, which claimed his life on the scene of the accident.

A few hours after the accident, the cops were satisfied that they had enough evidence, and they charged Vernon with manslaughter by negligence, causing death by careless conduct, and driving a motor vehicle without due care and attention. He was arraigned the same day in front of Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford. He has since been released on bail of $4,000, and he is expected to return to court for an adjournment on April 9.

His grieving family has explained that he was attempting to get to his work truck from a yard in Burrell Boom, which is why he left his house early. His father said that he tried to convince his son to catch a ride with him. Goff opted instead to catch the bus that morning, as he always does. His co-worker has commented that he was very dedicated to his job. He was usually the first truck driver to work, and the last to leave at the end of the day.

His father hopes that Vernon, the man who is charged for knocking him down, will assist them in this time of need. He told the press that he considers Vernon a friend.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 January 2018 16:24