Gov’t receives report into Carnival Tuesday death

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The Police’s Public Prosecution Unit has been directed to resume the Coroner’s Inquest into the tragic death of carnival reveller Oniqua ‘Nikki’ Phillip, who was run over by a truck on August 2, 2016.
This follows the submission of the long-awaited toxicology report which was recently handed over to Public Safety Minister Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin.
Police Commissioner Wendel Robinson told OBSERVER media yesterday, that based on the results of the Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) test, the inquest will have to be re-opened.
“The individual had twice the the [legal] amount of alcohol in her system,” Robinson said.
According to the senior officer, the legal BAC is 0.08.
BAC is the amount of alcohol you have in your system in grams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of
blood.
The Public Safety Minister said he received the report on Wednesday and has reviewed it “in detail”.
He said the findings will be brought before the inquest before a final determination is made.
The minister declined further comment indicating he is yet to speak to the family.
Phillip who lived in Yonkers, New York, was on vacation with her family, including her toddler son, when she died.
The family of the 25-year-old had been seeking answers since the tragic accident.
Meantime, Medical Director at Crossroads Antigua Dr Jerry Simon, has explained that a person who significantly exceeds the alcohol limit will experience mental and physical impairment.
“Let’s say I am not impaired, I would not necessarily try to jump over an eight foot fence. If I am under the influence of that level of alcohol I probably would likely do that, even-though that it is something I physicallly, most likely could not do,” Dr Simon said. “Impulse control is diminished and there would be some perception difficulties in terms of peripheral and acute vision.”
Phillip’s family said it’s aware of the report but declined to comment.

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