Charged for killing three-year-old Boy Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00

Hubert Anthony Martinez, 36 year-old, a civilian driver for the BDF residing in Ladyville, has been remanded to prison after he knocked down and killed a pre-schooler, 3 year-old Jahston Terry, and hurting his older brother, 9 year-old Jaheem.

On Wednesday, December 4th, at around 5 o'clock, the brothers were waiting for a bus on Cemetery Road. They were both standing on the sidewalk when a white van, which was being driven by Martinez, sped down Cemetery Road, and ended up on the sidewalk. Both boys were surprised by the sudden appearance of the vehicle, and even though they tried to get out of the way, they were hit. Jahston suffered severe head and body injuries, and died on the spot. His brother suffered a broken ankle.

The public outrage which flared up immediately after the incident was directed only at Martinez. That's because there were beer bottles inside the beverage tray of the van. Even Martinez looked on in disbelief of what happened when police were processing the scene and preparing to detain him.

Little Jahston's mother was beside herself with anger and grief when the media spoke with her. She said that she is unable to understand how her child's life was ended so senselessly, especially because her sons were obeying the traffic laws and standing on the side of the road. She believes that the fault lies squarely with Martinez, who should have been driving more carefully.

Police investigators have since charged Martinez with manslaughter by negligence, causing death by careless conduct, negligent wounding, driving a motor vehicle with an alcohol concentration above the prescribed limit, and driving without due care and attention.

He was arraigned on Thursday afternoon, and due to the nature of the offences, Magistrate Hettie Mae Stewart denied him bail. Despite his pleas as the sole breadwinner for his family, he was remanded to prison until January 7, 2014.