By Aaron Humes: Both cases garnered significant headlines and today Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith committed Errol Belisle, 61, and Boyd Lopez, 19, to trial for separate charges of manslaughter by negligence.
Belisle is accused of knocking down and killing 11 year old Austin Olivera. The Stella Maris student who lived in Ladyville was knocked down and killed between Mile 9 and 10 on the Phillip Goldson Highway as he was crossing the street on March 16, 2015.
Belisle is being represented by Senior Counsel Hubert Elrington. He was offered and met bail of $5,000 and is due in court on January 18, 2016.
Lopez is accused of driving a motor vehicle in the city on Baghdad Street and knocking down and killing 72 year old Maria Knowles at around 1:30 in the afternoon at the intersection with Baghdad Street and Water Lane.
It is believed that the teenager was under the influence of alcohol as he hit a vehicle on the right side of the street, and then he later swung the vehicle to the other side of the lane, breaking two water pipes, a fence and then hitting Knowles. He was said to be driving without a license as well.
In court, Lopez was charged with manslaughter by negligence, drove motor vehicle without insurance, drove motor vehicle without due care and attention, and drove motor vehicle without a valid driver’s license.