The woman accused of being involved in a fatal accident near the Honiara City Council (HCC) roundabout that claimed the life of a 15 year-old girl will face the court again on October 9.
Veslyn Ririana, 26, appeared in the Honiara Magistrates’ Court, Tuesday and her matter further adjourned to allow police to complete their investigation.
Ririana is facing charges of causing death by reckless or dangerous driving, presence of alcohol in a person’s blood, motor vehicle to be licensed and driver’s to be licensed.
Public Prosecutor Freliz Fakarii who appeared yesterday told the court that according to instructions, the only outstanding documents are one or two statements from witnesses.
She said those witnesses were not available when police went to get their statements.
When asked to confirm the number of those witnesses left to collect their statements, Ms Fakarii said she could not confirm but only a few, most likely one or two.
A lawyer from the Public Solicitor’s Office yesterday also confirmed that Deputy Public Solicitor George Gray will represent the accused.
The defence is seeking disclosures and an adjournment since Mr Gray was engaged yesterday in the Court of Appeal.
Deputy Chief Magistrate therefore adjourned the matter and ordered prosecution to disclose any materials they received from police investigators to Mr Gray.
The alleged incident occurred at about 10pm on September 15, at the Honiara City Council roundabout in front of the Solomon Water head-office.
The accused Ririana allegedly drove a white short boot car heading on a westerly direction towards the HCC roundabout in a very high speed and swerved out of the main driveway onto the pedestrian walkway opposite to Solomon Water.
It was alleged that at that time a lot of pedestrians including the deceased were walking along the footpath going back to their homes after attending a church program at Holy Cross Cathedral Church.
The accused having swerved onto the pathway hit a 15 year-old girl carrying her straight towards the Solomon Water fence.
A police patrol arrived at the scene and transported the girl to the National Referral Hospital but she was pronounced dead.
By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN