A Ladyville resident lost his life on Saturday night while trying to cross the busy Philip Goldson Highway near the Shell Gas Station. With more on what happened to 37 year old Robert Stephen Simplis, here is Officer Commanding Eastern Division (Rural), Senior Superintendent Edward Broaster.
Sr. Supt Edward Broaster, Eastern Division (Rural): The result was death due to a broken neck. We want to extend our condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Symplis. It’s just an unfortunate incident. I think that we will be lobbying the chairman of ladyville to try and get some lighting along this stretch of the highway, I think it’s too dark, and a little lighting would definitely help the residents of the community in this area. We requested blood and urine sample from Mr. Gill and he refused so he will also be charged for failing to provide specimen. He will be charged for the fatal accident. He will be charged with, Causing death by careless conduct, Drove without due care and attention and the usual charges as it relates to traffic fatality.
The driver of the Mazda has been identified as Reginald James Gill, who now faces multiple charges as explained by Senior Superintendent Broaster. The senior officer also commented on plans to get the area “lit up,” to prevent further accidents. Police were bringing charges against Gill as of this evening. It was not clear in which direction Simplis, a labourer from the New Site area, was headed when he was knocked down.