Trial Aborted Into Deadly Tour Bus Crash

Melissa Edwards, Senior Reporter | 0 Opinions
Published: June 29, 2017 2:28 pm AST
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The trial into the fatal accident on Cane Garden Bay hill, that left two female American tourists dead, came to an abrupt end today, Thursday, June 29.

Following new developments, High Court Judge, Nicola Byer ordered a mistrial and discharged the nine member jury.

The matter is set to come up again in September.

Roger Williams is charged with two counts of Manslaughter and two counts of Causing Death by Dangerous Driving, in relation to the death of Dana Husereau, 53, and Mary Kettner, 67.

The crown had alleged that Williams was in a hurry to return to the Tortola Pier Park, to load up another set of cruise passengers, when the tragic incident occurred on Sunday, December 6, 2015.

In the lone vehicle collision, the tour bus, driven by Williams, was carrying 20 cruise passengers who had arrived in the BVI aboard the Celebrity Summit cruise ship. The bus was descending the Cane Garden Bay hill when it collided with the hillside embankment.

Williams was also accused of speeding, and expert in accident/mechanic investigations, Mr. Spencer Earl Grant testified that Williams was driving at an excessive speed while descending the hill, making a human error which could not effect an escape.

Director of Public Prosecution, Kim Hollis, QC and Senior Crown Counsel, O'Neal Simpson appeared for the crown in the case; and defense lawyers Richard Rowe and Michael Maduro appeared for Williams.