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ZR driver remanded on dangerous driving charges

The driver of ZR125, 40-year-old Matthew Ricardo Daniel of Licorish Village, My Lord’s Hill, St Michael has been remanded to jail.



He appeared before Magistrate Graveney Bannister in the District ‘C’ traffic court today where he was not required to plead to four charges of furious driving, driving in a manner dangerous to the public, driving without due care and attention and driving without reasonable consideration for other road users.

Daniel who is represented by attorney-at-law Angela Mitchell-Gittens reappears in court on July 9.

On Tuesday 21 passengers were hurt, including 14-year-old Zakiyah Defreitas, whose arms was severed, after the ZR overturned on Nursery Drive, The City.

5 Responses to ZR driver remanded on dangerous driving charges

  1. Patrick Blackman June 11, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    This guy is going to be the scapegoat for a reckless industry and bare the punishment for all that went before him, but it is a step in the right direction (the prosecution).

  2. Vivien Lapham June 11, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    He deserves what ever he gets… a young girl has life changing injuries because of his recklessness….I really do hope he is made an example of and that this incident heralds some changes in attitude.

  3. allison archer June 11, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    Government Hill abounds in transport board buses, free bus fare, why can’t they catch the buses why zr or minivans?
    there is always two sides to a coin, for years we know what that van culture gives, why?
    I truly am sorry for the lost of the young lady limb and all the pain the family have to go through to rebuild their lives

  4. youngster June 12, 2015 at 8:26 am

    I agree the ZR’s drive very bad but you all are saying “why cant they catch the TB busses …….. but here’s a fact many of those TB drivers used to be mini van drivers and in some cases ZR drivers …. and a lot of them drive just as bad and in some cases even worse than the current ZR drivers.

  5. Angela Maynard June 12, 2015 at 10:40 am

    The government should provide substantial transportation for their citizens. which they have not. thus creating this mini bus & ZR culture in B’dos. We, the older generation of Barbadians are not accustomed to this kind of behavior, loud music, foul language, and were never packed like sardines on these buses. I do agree that this is a different era, however, I do believe that respect for each other should be standard. I also agree with one of your bloggers that it should be enforced that these children, should ride government buses only. There should be a fine for those ZR and mini bus drivers who pick these children up. Then on the other hand, if the government allows buses to sit broken down in the yard awaiting repairs for months. This is one of the biggest problems. This driver needs to go to jail. No ifs and buts.


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