Man charged for causing death of motorcyclist in Vieux Fort

Man charged for causing death of motorcyclist in Vieux Fort
Fitzpatrick Gilkes (left) is charged in connection with the fatal accident.
Fitzpatrick Gilkes (left) is charged in connection with the fatal accident.

A Vieux Fort man is scheduled to appear in court later this month after he was arrested and charged in connection with the death of 25-year-old Emeron Jn. Marie, alias Shem, of Beanfield, Vieux Fort, according to relatives of the deceased and law enforcement sources.

Jn Marie

Fitzpatrick Gilkes, alias Ricky, 53, was charged with causing death by dangerous driving for the Monday, October 23, 2017 vehicular accident, which occurred at about 5:30 p.m. along the promenade, adjacent to the Phillip Marcellin Grounds, in Vieux Fort.

Bail was granted to Gilkes at the Second District Court in Vieux Fort on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, in the sum of $5,000 cash and $1,000 suitable surety.

Gilkes’ vehicle collided with motorcycle, registration PC 388, driven by Jn Marie, who sustained serious injuries and was conveyed to St. Jude Hosptal via ambulance, but later succumbed.

Gilkes was charged for driving in a manner dangerous to the public, thereby causing the death of Jn Marie, under section 73(1)(a) of the Motor Vehicle and Road Traffic Act 8.01 of the revised laws of St. Lucia 2008.

The accused is expected to appear in court on November 21.


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  1. It is sad on both sides a young man lost his life and the other man has to live with that thought for the rest of his life. R.I.P. Shem.


  2. I really wish people would maybe someone research before speaking on public forums showing their asses. All eyewitnesses said the biker was reckless and nothing could've been done on the driver's part. Fortunately for the driver, the charge doesn't carry a prison term, only a fine.


    • On the contrary, the biker was not at fault according to eyewitnesses. And if he was, why would the police bring charges against the driver?

      Think about it.


    • Eye witnesses are one of the key components needed in getting an arrest and charge in a case of such magnitude.
      Its obvious that ALL eye witnesses DID NOT state that the biker was driving recklessly, hence there would not have been an arrest.
      Before you ask individuals to do their research, maybe you should take the initiate to get YOUR facts correct.


  3. I thought the biker was riding dangerously what a turn of events....where did the eyewitnesses go...about time we have camera's around town


    • Ok, you thought wrong... Those cameras that you speak of would have shown that the driver of the pickup was careless...


    • The guy who killled the two young girls is the car accident earlier this year, Nothing was done about it.. He's there enjoying life and all fetes there is, Whiles the two young ladies lost their lives and had they future ahead of them... This is Just sad.


  4. Wow I've known this guys for decades never seen him drive fast I always joke him saying certain parts on his vehicle will not function due to his slow
    Wonder what went wrong that day especially the place it happened.


    • You see dangerous driving is not about speeding. I could be speeding and be a safer driver than you that crawling slowly. I speed in my lane and you driving slowly in the opposite lane. You driving dangerously not me.


    • Like my physics lecturer in the past once told us " Speed doesn't kill, it is the sudden STOP that kills". My stepfather drives very fast and overtakes and all, but I don't be scared because he is very alert and experienced on the road.

      But there are some reckless speedy drivers too, so yea.


      • F= M(V1- V2)/t .. Where V1 is initial speed(velocity) and V2 is final speed( most likely 0 in the case of collision).If M is mass of vehicle this means that it will most likely remain constant.So F is made high by a low time(deceleration time) or a high V1(speed)..So speed does kill..


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