Charges against Edwards likely to be upgraded to ‘causing death by dangerous driving’ after AUA student dies

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REAL NEWS: Kenneth Matthew, the 21-year-old American University of Antigua medical student who was run down on the Friars Hill Road just over a week ago, has succumbed to his injuries.

REAL News was reliably informed that Matthew, a resident of Qatar, died this morning, November 2, at 10:40 a.m.

Karim “Ice Cream” Edwards, the driver who left the scene of the accident and then returned with his lawyer, was subsequently charged for dangerous driving.

It is now highly likely that the Police will upgrade that charge to causing death by dangerous driving.
However, as it pertains to the second accident victim, 19-year-old Priyanjana Das, the charge of dangerous driving will still stand against Edwards.

In spite of Das having lost a limb, she is expected to make a full recovery, medical officials reportedly have said.

Das and Matthew reportedly were struck by Edwards on Sunday, October 23, as he was driving north and as they were trying to cross the road outside Billy’s Food Mart.

Both students were warded in the Intensive Care Unit at the Sir Lester Bird Medical Centre and placed on ventilators in medically induced comas.

Reports said that Matthew sustained several broken bones and serious head trauma. While his parents were hoping to fly him out of the country for further medical treatment, local doctors said he was not stable enough to be moved.

Das, meanwhilee, remains in the ICU nursing broken bones following the amputation of one arm.

Last week, a group of Matthew’s friends staged a protest calling for justice on his behalf while describing him as an angel.

At present, Edwards is out on a $20,000 bail, with a requirement of reporting to Langfords Police Station every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday.

His travel documents have been surrendered, and he is reportedly not permitted to drive, as the Police Commissioner has rescinded his driver’s license.

Since the news of Matthew’s passing, social media has been awash with messages of condolences for his family and friends, while some residents have also expressed sympathy for Edwards’ situation.

“This day feels heavy” is how one woman describes the mood.

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    • Precisely, it shouldn’t matter that he returned later. Leaving in the first place is a CRIME — As such, a charge should’ve been laid for that offence as well. Stop the partiality..the world is watching Antigua!!

  1. what about the driver that snuffed out the life of ANDREA HUGHES?
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  2. Absolutely, and without question, how dear Karim Edwards thinks that he can leave the carnage that he himself caused, and think he wouldn’t be charged with a ‘hit and run’ crime?

    JUSTICE FOR STUDENTS – THE REAL VICTIMS OF THIS TRAGEDY …

  3. Where is the charge against Edwards for causing grievous bodily harm to the second victim? Enquiring minds would like to know.

  4. @inquiring minds that’s a good ass question. He should be charged with some form of dismemberment because she can never become a doctor anymore. Her life won’t ever be the same n they just sticking to dangerous driving hell no. They family need to get good lawyers to deal with his backside.

  5. Does anyone remember the fireman that hit down the guy Questelles in fort road killing him then run off the scene next thing you know his vehicle was never licensed or insured he was never charged but there was an agreement made by some heads in Antigua to pay the child of the deceased the child was about 10 he is now 21 he never got a dollar for his father’s death what I’m trying to say he is a magistrate husband the case nah go reach far mark my word

  6. Haha, God is watching and justice must prevail all the Magistrate husband he be. The saying goes who don’t pay the just will pay the unjust time will tell. Antigua eyes are on you, the universe is waiting to see. I rest my case

  7. Enquiring Mind, worry not let’s wait and see how it plays out we are gonna keep the fire burning.

  8. Sigh, so sad because he wife the Magistrate deh ah Dominican ah party, what a burning shame. Posing inna belly-out pumpum shorts with a glass in she hand of you no what. God is not sleeping

    • Are you saying that a magistrate should not be able to enjoy life outside of court? Let’s stay focused on the issue at hand. No matter who his wife is, he is wrong for leaving the scene. He could have contacted his lawyer from the scene. No doubt he was in shock after hitting two human beings, however, he made a very bad decision and he has to face the consequences for that. I trust that he comes away from this understanding that just because a road is smooth doesn’t mean he should treat it like a runway. My sympathies go out to the family of the deceased and the critically injured because their lives have been changed for the worst forever and they will always blame Antigua for that.

  9. Nothing is going to come of this. Dem evil Lodge Brothers will see to it. Look what happen to Andrea Hughes, the boy father is a Lodge man. This evil practice need to stop.

  10. Am I hearing that everyone is curious about law enforcement response in this very tragic case. Where is the outrage over a failed healthcare system where patients with head injuries are left to die? Do Antiguans and Barbudans have their priorities straight or what?

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