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33-year-old woman docked for reckless driving, manslaughter

Lagos – A 33-year-old woman, Bola Stephen, who allegedly caused the death of a man, Segun Adewale, 45, through reckless driving, has been arraigned before Ogudu Magistrates’ Court.

Police prosecutor, Ihiehie Lucky told the court on Wednesday that the accused committed the offence on Sept. 5 along Aina Ajayi St, Ifako-Gbagada road in Lagos State.

He said that the Motor Traffic Division, Ifako office was informed that Ihiehie alleged drove a Range Rover jeep with Reg. No: EKY 910 DN recklessly and negligently on the highway without regards to traffic laws.

The prosecutor also alleged that the accused drove the vehicle in a dangerous manner which caused her to hit the deceased, Segun Adewale and caused his death.

“The deceased was about to cross the road when the accused ran over him.

“He was rushed to the hospital but gave up the ghost before even reaching there,” he said.

According to him, the offences are contrary to the Lagos State Road Traffic Law 2012 and are punishable under section 19(1), schedule 1, item 45 and section 20 of the Law.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge of dangerous and reckless driving and manslaughter.

The defense counsel, Mr A.O Olusegun told the court that the parties are negotiating settlement.

He said the accused and her family had participated in the burial arrangements of the deceased.

“The accused’s family has equally furnished considerable monetary commitment to the family of the deceased who are equally ready to withdraw the case,” Olusegun said.

He told the court that the two parties had agreed to withdraw the case, adding that they intended to put a letter of withdrawal before the court by the next adjourned date.

Olusegun, then asked to stand as surety for the accused in order to obtain bail.

Magistrate O. Sule- Amzat granted the accused bail in the sum of N10, 000 with one surety.

The case was adjourned to Oct. 17.


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