Nineteen-year-old truck driver knocked down and killed

By Michelle Sutherland

Kendell Goff, 19, died in an early morning traffic while crossing the highway near the Castleton Racetrack in Burrell Boom village on Tuesday.

Just after 5:30 a.m. on January 9th, residents in the area reported hearing a loud bang and upon rushing out to make checks, discovered Goff’s lifeless body. He was found in a yard on the left hand side of the road when travelling from Bermudian Landing to Burrel Boom village.
According to police, Goff had just exited a bus and was in the process of crossing the highway when he was knocked down by a green Mazda Pickup truck. The truck was driven at the time by 55-year-old Christopher Vernon.

Family members say that Goff, a resident of Double Head Cabbage and a truck driver by trade, would usually catch the bus every morning and head to Burrell Boom village where he would pick up his work truck and head out for his daily duties.

According to the bus driver, after Goff exited the bus, in his haste to cross the highway, he walked in front of the bus, took a quick glance at the traffic and upon noticing that only one vehicle was approaching he proceeded to make a dash across the highway, but not in time to avoid getting hit by the on-coming vehicle.

On Tuesday, Vernon was charged with manslaughter by negligence, causing death by careless conduct and driving without due care and attention, for which he was arraigned and later offered bail in the sum of $4,000 plus one surety of the same amount.

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