Deceased: Hement Saffee (Navin Persaud)

BASSETERRE, St.Kitts (Friday 12th July 2019) –A young man charged with causing the death of a pedestrian by dangerous driving along the F.T. Williams Highway last weekend is slated to appear in court eight days before what would have been the victim’s 36th birthday.

Dead is 35-year-old Hement Saffee of Pine Garden, Shadwell who would have celebrated his next birthday on Friday 9th August.

This media house has gathered that relatives and friends of the deceased has been referring to him as Navin Persaud. The funeral service was held on Wednesday 10th July at the Liamuiga Funeral Home. He was cremated.

Accident scene-The damaged vehicle following last weekend’s pedestrian involved fatality

The accused driver Diamond Williams of Greenlands, who is currently out on bail, was arrested and charged on Monday 8th July, and is slated to appear at the Basseterre Magistrate Court on Thursday 1st August.

He is believed to be in his 20s.

An autopsy performed by resident pathologist Dr. Adrian Nunez-Quintana on Monday this week also determined that Saffee’s cause of death was traumatic shock due to multiple traumatic injuries.

This media house understands that both (Williams and Saffee) are non-nationals. Saffee hailed from the island of Guyana while it is understood that Williams is a Caribbean national also.

According to police, the accident occurred on Friday 5th July at approximately 9:15 p.m. and involved motor car P 7226.

Reportedly, circumstances are that the vehicle was traveling east along the F.T. Williams Highway and when it got in the vicinity of JAM’s Welding Shop, the pedestrian was crossing the road and was struck.

Emergency Medical Services and a medical examiner were summoned to the scene, and Saffee was pronounced dead by the examiner. 

Williams was taken into police custody to assist further with the investigation into the matter. Following his arrest, he was granted bail in the sum of $70,000 with two sureties.