hit and run accident

The identity of the man charged in the hit and run death of police inspector Mark Gibbs has been released. He is Andre Brown, a 24-year old mason.

The story gained national attention when a 30-year veteran of the Jamaica constabulary Force (JCF) was mowed down in front of the Clark’s Town Police Station on Friday, August 19. Brown was subsequently stabbed in jail by another inmate, but survived the attack.

Here is the story:

Curated from the Jamaica Observer

FALMOUTH, Trelawny — The driver involved in the recent hit-and-run which claimed the life of a veteran police officer in this parish has been slapped with multiple charges following a ruling handed down by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution last week.

The accused, 24-year-old mason Andre Brown of a Trelawny address, reportedly disobeyed the policeman’s signal to stop during a spot check in front of the Clark’s Town Police Station.

Inspector Mark Gibbs, who enlisted in the police force more than 30 years ago, attempted to jump out of the way, but was too late. He sustained multiple injuries and was taken to Falmouth Public General Hospital, some 10 miles away, where he was pronounced dead.

Brown, who fled the scene, was subsequently taken into custody in a pre-dawn operation in the parish. The police also recovered the Toyota Corolla Axio motor car which was involved.

Last week Brown was charged with manslaughter, failing to stop at an accident, and failing to report an accident.

He is scheduled to make his first appearance in court this week to answer to the charges.

— Horace Hines





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