Electrician charged with manslaughter by negligence

By Rowland A. Parks Staff Reporter

An electrician and resident of Los Lagos, Ladyville, was released on a $5,000 bail, after he was arraigned on manslaughter by negligence and other related charges before Magistrate Dale Cayetano, on Monday.
Cayetano told Jason Grant, 31, that he would not take a plea from him, because his charges will be heard on indictment in the Supreme Court.
After more than three months since the accident happened, police charged Jason Grant with manslaughter by negligence, for the October 22, 2013, traffic accident that claimed the life of Patricia Johnson, 68.
In addition to manslaughter by negligence, Grant was also arraigned on charges of caused death by careless conduct; drove motor vehicle without due care and attention; drove unlicensed motor vehicle; drove motor vehicle not covered by third party insurance; and used motor vehicle without consent of owner.
On the night of October 22, Patricia Johnson, a writer and British national, had gone on an errand and was walking her dog back to her Bella Vista guest house home, when she was knocked down by Grant, who was riding a Honda 1000cc motor cycle.
Johnson was flung violently into the Phillip Goldson Highway, near mile two and a half, almost at the entrance to Bella Vista.
She suffered serious head and body trauma and died a few hours later at the KHMH.
According to Channel 7 News, Johnson first visited Belize in 2007.
She fell in love with the country and took up residence in the Bella Vista area of Belize City.

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