Here we are in the middle of an election campaign and we’ve just received a key performance indicator about the last two governments of Barbados: BLP and DLP: Sixteen years to complete a civil trial over an accidental death at a road rally.
Bajans are so used to outrageously low standards that we hardly know what should be ‘normal’ anymore. Sixteen years of hell before the courts and all we can think of is that we’ve seen cases take longer: twenty and twenty two years. So sixteen years isn’t so bad.
Read the full story in The Nation here
Rally Club at Fault in Death
A WOMAN whose son was killed 16 years ago when a race car plunged into a crowd of spectators during a rally event has won a law suit against the Barbados Rally Club.
Althea Strickland sued driver of the car Darrin White and the Barbados Rally Club for the death of her son Rodney Strickland on June 16, 1997.
The 22-year-old man was among other spectators who were struck by the racing car, driven by White as he entered a bend at Swampy Town, St Lucy. Rodney suffered head injuries and died at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
High Court Judge Elneth Kentish dismissed the action against the driver of the car finding that there was “nothing in the evidence to suggest that Darrin White did not comply with any rules, conventions or customs of the speed event in which he was a competitor or that he fell short of the standards, skills and judgment reasonably to be expected of him”