THE Chipata High Court has fined a Portuguese man K4, 000 for causing the death of a Nyimba resident by dangerous driving.
Before Lusaka judge Mwape Bowa who is sitting in Chipata was Carrico Manuel Dos Santos who readily guilty to the charge. According to facts, Dos Santos who works for a construction company caused the death of Stephen Zulu on May 14, 2017.
It was heard that on May 11, 2017 Dos Santos, who was driving a Nissan Hard Body registration number ALR 3277 on Great East Road, caused the death of Zulu.
Zulu was a passenger who was holding some road sign posts but due to excessive speed, one of the sign posts hit him and he fell on the ground, sustaining serious injuries in the process. The deceased was later taken to Nyimba district hospital before being referred to University Teaching hospital where he died on May 14,
In mitigation, Dos Santos, who was represented by a lawyer, said he was remorseful and deeply regretted the accident. He said he had learnt a lesson and that he would be more careful and safety conscious whenever he was driving on Zambian roads.
Dos Santos said to show sympathy, he helped with all the funeral expenses. He said he facilitated for the compensation of the bereaved family to the tune of K150, 000.
Judge Bowa said he took into consideration what was said in mitigation that the convict was the first offender who readily pleaded guilty without wasting the court’s time.
He said deaths on the road could be reduced if drivers took extra care when driving. Judge Bowa said the continued deaths being recorded on the Zambian roads were a source of concern and therefore fined Dos Santos K4, 000 to be paid forthwith, or serve six months simple imprisonment.