Nearly three years after Caleb Antoine of Cedar Heights, Vieux Fort, St. Lucia, fatally struck Omotayo Morrison with a Subaru Legacy car he was driving, he has been sentenced by Justice Georgis Taylor-Alexander on the count of Causing Death by Dangerous Driving to a fine of $10,000 EC to be paid within 6 months and in default to serve a 1 year sentence.
The fine is to be paid to the Treasury and none of the proceeds go to the victim.
A Canadian, Morrison (fondly called “Tayo”) was a third Trimester student at Spartan Health Sciences University and was walking off the pitch surface of St Jude Road Highway in the residential neighbourhood of Hewanorra Orchard in Vieux Fort with a school mate, Maninder Kaur, around 4:00 am on February 8th, 2014, when a Subaru Legacy driven by Antoine flew off its lane, bounced off the retaining wall of the opposite lane and struck the two students.
The impact threw Morrison108 feet and Kaur 79 feet. Morrison sustained severe head injuries and damage to his brain stem, succumbing to his injuries at 8:05 pm the same day, according to autopsy report.
Kaur was hospitalized for injuries sustained to her neck, head and shoulders, and was released some days later. Antoine informed the police that he was coming from a bar where he had some alcoholic beverage to drink.