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Monday, 3 December 2012


Anguilla latest hit and run victim, Mr. W. Fleming, lies almost
lifeless as he awaits Paramedics.   
Hit and Run is a 2012 American action comedy film written by Dax Shepard. The plot centered on a former getaway driver abandoning his Witness Protection Program identity in order to help his girlfriend get a job interview to Los Angeles. But on Anguilla, it’s no film, the accused is more than likely a DUI suspect. 

The latest victim was on the evening of November 22, when a popular restaurant male bartender was the victim of a serious hit and run accident in front of J & J's Pizza. The victim, W. Fleming, suffered a serious head injury after he was thrown some feet by the impact with a car that failed to stop. He has been flown overseas for medical treatment and is said to be in a critical condition.

A Ms. U Gumbs, a well-known developer and restaurant owner from a prominent local family, was identified as the driver of the hit and run vehicle. She was later arrested and bailed. 

A "hit and run" accident is breaking the law, a commission prohibited by law… it’s a crime, and can among to Manslaughter. The crime of a driver of a vehicle who is involved in a collision with another vehicle, property or human being, who "knowingly" fails to stop to give his/her name, license number, and other information as required by statute to the injured party, a witness, or law enforcement officers. If there is only property damage and no other person is present, leaving the information attached to the damaged property may be sufficient, provided the person causing the accident makes a report to the police. Statutes vary from country to country or even from state to state. The information given is a report, and not an admission of guilt, which makes it not a violation of your constitutional protection against self-incrimination. Temporarily fleeing the scene may be a defence, but permanently fleeing the scene of an accident is evident of guilt… a crime… "Intentional"… and shall be found guilty in a Court of law. 

It is sad however, that the Government of Anguilla sees it not of national interest to introduce drink driving ban legislation for Anguilla. It must be an offence to drive or attempt to drive a motor vehicle on a road or public place after consuming so much alcohol that the proportion of it in breath, blood or urine exceeds a prescribed limit. This is not a tourist attraction. 

I am again appealing to the Government of Anguilla to put public interest/safety first, by legislating Police powers use of the Breathalyzer (Portable Alcohol Breath Tester Equipment) on Anguilla. 

… an Order in Council is simply a legislation of commonsense.

By Wilful

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