Woman charged in apparent hit and run of Guadeloupean fisherman granted bail

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William Nouy (left) was visiting Antigua from Guadeloupe to take part in a fishing tournament (Photo courtesy Antigua and Barbuda Sports Fishing Club)
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A motorist who is believed to have fled the scene after knocking down a Guadeloupe national made her first appearance in traffic court yesterday before Magistrate Dexter Wason.

Katja Geisler, of Jolly Harbour, was charged on Tuesday with dangerous driving and leaving the scene of an accident which has left fisherman William Nouy nursing serious injuries.

When she appeared in court yesterday, she was granted bail in the sum of $20,000 with a $2,000 cash component.

Her passport was also confiscated and she was ordered to sign in at her nearest police station three days a week.

The traffic accident took place on June 4, when the man – who was in Antigua to participate in the annual Antigua and Barbuda Sports Fishing Tournament – was allegedly struck by a black car in the vicinity of the Falmouth Harbour Marina.

He was taken to the Sir Lester Bird Medical Centre to receive urgent medical treatment, and was airlifted back to his home country days later.

Nouy’s injuries were initially thought to be non-life-threatening, but his condition has reportedly deteriorated and he is now said to be in a coma.

A source close to the matter explained that the medical team treating him tried to wake him, but had to put him back into a coma due to his agitated state.

Geisler is due to return to court on October 13.

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