Byera bus driver charged in the death of 13 year old Dezy Lavia
From the Courts, News
May 26, 2023
Byera bus driver charged in the death of 13 year old Dezy Lavia

A bus driver of Byera has been charged in connection with the death of 13 year old Dezy Lavia.

Eight days after the Sandy Bay resident died after he was struck by a motor vehicle, a 38 year old man appeared at the Serious Offences Court on May 21, for arraignment in relation to Lavia’s death.

Kashaka Holder of Byera was not required to plea to the indictable charge that on May 14, at Orange Hill he caused the death of Dezy Lavia by driving motor vehicle HV 112 dangerously.

Chief Magistrate Rechanne Browne, granted bail in the sum of $30,000 with one surety. Holder’s drivers license was suspended and he has been ordered to report to the Georgetown Police Station every Friday between 6:00 a.m – 6:00 p.m. In addition, stop notices were ordered placed at all ports of entry and exit, and Holder must submit all travel documents and obtain permission from the court if he wishes to leave the state. Holder is being represented by lawyer, Grant Connell, and the matter has been adjourned to July 13, 2023.

In a release, the police had said they are investigating a motor vehicle incident which left a pedal cyclist of Sandy Bay dead.

“Motor Vehicle HV112, a Toyota Hiace owned by Larnet Ballantyne of Sandy Bay and driven by Kashaka Holder, a 38-year-old Byera resident, struck the deceased as it headed toward Sandy Bay.

Lavia “suffered multiple injuries about his body and was taken to Georgetown Medical Center before being transferred to Milton Cato Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead,” the police release stated.