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Drivers fined for fatal crashes

The driver of a car that jumped the curb, striking and killing a pedestrian on the sidewalk yesterday pleaded guilty to killing in the course of dangerous driving.

Elltin Hart, 23, of St. Marks Street, and Roscoe Johnson, 20, of Samson Street, both appeared before Senior Magistrate Carolyn Vogt-Evans in relation to the March 25 crash that ended Leon Cooper’s life.

Hart admitted a charge of killing in the course of dangerous driving and Johnson pleaded guilty to charges of dangerous and reckless driving, driving without third party insurance and driving without a driver’s license.

According to the prosecutor, Sergeant Bridgette Strapp, both Hart and Johnson were speeding north on Blue Hill Road around 2:20 a.m. when they lost control of their vehicles and collided.

Hart’s car jumped the curb and struck Cooper who was walking north on the sidewalk near Blue Hill Road and Poinciana Drive, the court heard.

Johnson’s car crashed into a wall, the court heard.

Vogt-Evans fined Hart $10,000 to avoid spending a year in prison. Johnson was ordered to pay fines totaling $5,950 or three months in prison.

Both drivers are banned for having driver’s licenses for a year.

Also appearing in the same court was 57-year-old Ricardo Butler, who was fined $10,000 for killing motorcyclist Tito Ferguson.

They were both headed in opposite directions on Carmichael Road on April 1 when Butler turned and knocked Ferguson off his bike, killing him.

Butler will spend a year in prison if the fine is not paid.

Artesia Davis

Senior Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.
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