Death by dangerous driving accused finally served case file ahead of committal proceedings

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By Latrishka Thomas

Despite being before the court for almost 19 months, the case involving the tragic death of a medical student who was allegedly killed due to reckless driving, has encountered yet another delay.

Karim Edwards is accused of knocking down two American University of Antigua (AUA) students while they were crossing Friars Hill Road on October 23, 2022.

Following a short adjournment granted last week, it was expected that the case would proceed to the committal stage on Thursday, but the accused was only served with his case file that morning.

The committal was then adjourned once more until July 11, for about the 9th time since Edwards made his first appearance over a year ago.

The alleged collision resulted in the death of 21-year-old Kenneth Mathew, who suffered severe brain trauma and succumbed to his injuries just over a week later.

His companion, Priyanjana Das, then 19, survived but with significant injuries, including the loss of her right arm, fractures to her left arm, and injuries to her pelvis.

Edwards, an accountant in his late 40’s, was initially charged with dangerous driving but the charge was elevated to ‘causing death by dangerous driving’ following Mathew’s death.

Magistrate Dexter Wason is tasked with assessing the evidence against Edwards and deciding whether to refer the case to a higher court.

However, persistent issues have hampered the case’s progression.

It is expected to proceed when it comes up on October 28.

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