Portuguese National Fined K4,000 for Causing Death
By Staff Reporter
The Chipata High Court has fined a Portuguese national K4, 000 for causing the death of a Nyimba resident by dangerous driving.
Before Lusaka Judge Mwape Bowa who was sitting in Chipata was Carrico Manuel Dos Santos who pleaded guilty to the charge.
According to facts, Dos Santos who works for a construction company caused the death of Stephen Zulu, a general worker of the same company.
Particulars of the matter were that on May 11, 2017 Dos Santos who was driving a Nissan Hard Body Registration Number ALR 3277 caused the death of Zulu while driving on the Great East Road.
Zulu was holding some road sign posts but due to excessive speed by Santos, he hit one of the sign posts which hit the deceased who fell on the ground and sustained serious injuries.
The deceased was later taken to Nyimba District Hospital before being referred to the University Teaching Hospital where he died on May 14, 2017.
In mitigation, Dos Santos who was represented by a lawyer said he was remorseful and deeply regrets the accident, saying he had learnt a lesson and that he would be more careful and safety conscious whenever driving on Zambian roads.
Dos Santos said to show sympathy he helped with all the funeral expenses and facilitated for the compensation of the bereaved family to the tune of K150, 000.
But Judge Bowa said he took into consideration what was said in mitigation that the convict was the first offender who readily pleaded guilty without wasting the court’s time.
He said deaths on the road could be reduced if drivers take extra care when driving.
Judge Bowa said the continued deaths being recorded on the Zambian roads are a source of concern.
He said the K4, 000 was to be paid immediately failure to which he would face six months simple imprisonment.