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Mother, 5-y-o daughter killed in Portmore crash

One dead, another injured in hit-and-run accident

Thursday, September 04, 2014    

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A five-year-old girl and her mother were among three people killed in the two traffic crashes in Portmore, St Catherine yesterday. Two people were also injured in the accidents.

According to the police, about 6:45 yesterday morning, Kharian Durrant, 33, and her five-year-old daughter, Jasian Haynes, of Hellshire Heights, were travelling in a Toyota Camry motor car being operated as a taxi when the vehicle got out of control and slammed into a concrete utility pole along the Hellshire main road in Portmore, St Catherine.

Police and bystanders pulled the woman and her child from the wrecked vehicle but the two later succumbed to their injuries at hospital.

The driver, 62-year-old driver, George Richardson, who was also injured, was later arrested and charged with manslaughter.

Police alleged that the taxi was travelling from Hellshire towards Braeton when the driver attempted to overtake a line of traffic when he lost control of the vehicle.

Also in Portmore yesterday, a woman was killed and a man injured while attempting to cross the Passagefort Main Road.

According to the Waterford police, about 9:30 am the two were crossing the street at a pedestrian crossing when a white Toyota Noah hit them down and then sped away.

Police said the two were taken to hospital where the woman was pronounced dead and the man admitted.

Police were up to late yesterday trying to find the driver of the vehicle, and asked anyone with information to call the Portmore police at 988-1763, 119, or the nearest police station.

— Kimmo Matthews

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