Minister off the hook in careless driving case

| 14/06/2018 | 12 Comments
Cayman News Service

Finance Minister Roy McTaggart in the LA

(CNS): The finance and economics minister, Roy McTaggart, was discharged by a traffic court magistrate Thursday, after prosecutors told the court that they had no evidence to pursue the case against him as the complainant was not willing to continue with the case. McTaggart had been charged with careless driving after a smash on Shamrock Road near Poindexter Drive, when he was driving a Jeep Wrangler. 

The details of the case have not been made clear, but the other driver of the vehicle involved in the incident was said to have lost control of her car, which flipped and landed in the bushes. The victim was treated at the George Town hospital for her injuries and given a breathalyzer, which was negative.

McTaggart was subsequently charged but the case dragged through the traffic court for more than two years because the woman involved in the crash had not given a witness statement, despite the continued adjournments. With no evidence and no way to continue holding the case on file, the prosecutors offered no evidence and the magistrate dismissed the case.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Why wasn’t this accident in the public domain and reported by the media prior the elections in May 2017?

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  2. Just Wondering says:

    I wonder if the minister is a Lodge Buddy?

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  3. Traffic cop says:

    So the police decided to institute a prosecution for careless driving simply on the word of ‘the other driver’?
    Then ‘the other driver’ won’t make a formal statement?
    Why did this even get to court at all?

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  4. Anonymous says:

    The article is somewhat misleading in terms of the reference to “the vehicle involved in the collision with McTaggart..”

    Readers need to be aware that there was NO contact at all between the two cars.

    The other driver possibly panicked and overreacted to what was a potential conflict between the two cars and then simply lost control. Stuff happens.

    This is the right result.

    CNS: The details of the case have never been made clear. I have changed the wording of the article out of an abundance of caution.

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  5. Boo says:

    So that’s how it works! Had a minor accident in a parking lot complaint and i settle damages no problem? Still charged and in court . Different strokes for different folks.

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  6. Anonymous says:

    Not sure why the person didn’t want to make a statement. The victim was pretty messed up and also stated he was in the wrong. SOmething doesn’t sound righ

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  7. Anonymous says:

    so much for owning up and integrity

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  8. Anonymous says:

    Did McTaggart give a sample?

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