Dangerous driving

23-year-old accused of causing police officers’ death

A 23-year-old man is out on $15,000 bail after appearing in a Bridgetown court Tuesday charged with causing the death of 49-year-old Station Sergeant Clifford Bridgeman by dangerous driving.

Tre Shaquile Murray of Spring Hall, St Lucy, who appeared before Magistrate Douglas Frederick, is also accused of driving without due care and attention and driving without reasonable consideration for others using the road.

The charges stem from a five-vehicle smash-up on Carrington Road, at its junction with Edgecumbe Hill, St Philip on March 26.

Tre Shaquile Murray

Murray, who was represented by attorneys Sian Lange and Shamar Bovell, was not required to plead to the indictable charges.

Prosecutor Station Sergeant Neville Reid did not object to bail for the accused, but urged the court to apply some conditions to his release.

The magistrate agreed and ordered Murray to surrender all his travel documents to the No. 1 District ‘A’ Criminal Court by tomorrow.

Murray, who secured his bail with one surety, is scheduled to appear in the District ‘C’ Magistrates’ Court on May 17.

Bridgeman, of #4B, Church Village, St Philip, was the front seat passenger in a police vehicle driven by his colleague Acting Station Sergeant Orville Lovell when he met his death.

According to reports, the police vehicle was stationary when Murray attempted to overtake a number of vehicles along the road, striking four cars in the process, including the police vehicle.

The late police officer had to be freed from the vehicle by personnel from the Fire Department using the Jaws of Life, but died at the scene.

Three other people, including Murray, were also hurt in the smash-up. However, their injuries were not life threatening.

13 Responses to Dangerous driving

  1. Mack May 2, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    Why not manslaughter as a charge. I think it would send a message to these road hogs out there. Nothing is serious these days, life goes on.

  2. Lennox hewitt May 2, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    It shouĺd be vehicular manslaughter plus $150.000 bail not 15

  3. Felicia Marville
    Felicia Marville May 2, 2017 at 11:30 pm

    out on bail to go and drive and kill again.

  4. Bradg May 3, 2017 at 5:38 am

    So this is the clown who took an innocent life? The courts need to make an example of him for his recklessness!

  5. Milli Watt May 3, 2017 at 9:11 am

    this crowd is something else……..stupse. I pass there an hour before it happened. place is an absolute waste to live in now an absolute waste.

  6. Milli Watt May 3, 2017 at 9:12 am

    I going wait and see the consequences for this one……

  7. Leroy May 3, 2017 at 9:13 am

    On being charged does he also hv to surrender his drivers license?

    • lester May 3, 2017 at 10:25 am

      thought so

  8. Leroy May 3, 2017 at 10:38 am

    When the rich man children does the same thing the results are different. Sorry for the lost of life but we have to remember the other accidents where lives were lost and the out come of the unfortunate situation was by far way different. What goes for one should go for all.

    • Toya May 3, 2017 at 2:21 pm

      I AGREE LEROY…B’dos TODAY, go back and find out what happen to those persons who drove recklessly and took the life of others. Why aren’t their photos in the paper as well.
      Is it because it was an officer’s life that was taken, therefore it is more important for this person to be charged and identified in the paper, and not the others? It is that those who were wrong doers have parents or god parents, that keeps it hidden.

      Give us an update on the road fatalities that occurred due to someone else’s negligence that occurred 2015 and before.

      I want to see their photos and their charges as well.

      Investigate and let us know.

  9. Alex Alleyne May 3, 2017 at 11:19 am

    Man-O- man-O-man…. If this guy walk free then the Insurance company must find a way to get back the $2MIL pay out for all the damage he has caused.
    More so , the Police family sue this guy seeing that he could come up with money for bail.

  10. Shake the negitive vibes May 3, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Bajans always quick to judge, it was an accident, does any of ya all know the meaning to an accident? Yes unfortunately it resulted in a life being taken. At some point in all of our lives we drive fast does it define who we are my gosh ppl.

    I give my deepest and sincere condolences to the officer entire family and friends but look and realise that this youngster is a positive young individual who is also pursuing studies and UWI, never and day disrespected anyone, his family or those sent in authority and look how he is to be cast away in a pit to be dead too. I know the officer will be missed and a lot of ppl are going to be angry.

    Yes a child has to now live without his father and I know that it will hurt him a lot as he grows older. Families are hurt and destroyed by it but ppl where is the love in the midst of all of this. This child has family too who is hurting by the whole situation and not only because he now has a price to pay because this also affected someone else loved one and now he is dead. God have mercy on those involved in this serious matter.

    Tre! I wish you the best of luck through this ordeal and whatever the out come is, never let it define who you are son. Nothing beats prayand I know the pray warriors got this one.

    Who feels it knows it.

    The vehicle was stationery at a junction……well, well, well.he was on the main but look what happened….I conclude….awaiting my blessings now.

    This too shall pass.l

  11. Margaret Ross-Salavarria May 3, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    Sincere condolences to Sgt. Bridgeman’s family, friends and loved ones. Safe travels to him and God’s speed. Too many accidents in our little 166 square miles and a smile wide island.


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