Cousins charged over RBR checkpoint crash
Two men appeared in Magistrates’ Court yesterday charged in connection with a crash at a Royal Bermuda Regiment checkpoint that injured two soldiers, one seriously.
Makhail Saltus, 26, was charged with dangerous driving and causing grievous bodily harm to Private Ndavyah Williams and an alternative charge of causing grievous bodily harm to Private Williams by drink-driving.
He was also charged with causing bodily harm to Private Kirk Wilks by “reckless, wanton or furious driving” and refusal to take a breath test.
Mr Saltus and co-defendant Giovanni Saltus, 34, his cousin, were both charged with being out after the 11pm curfew.
The two were also charged with an attempt to leave the scene of a crash.
The incident is alleged to have happened on June 29 on South Road in Devonshire.
The defendants were not required to enter a plea as the case must be heard in the Supreme Court.
The court heard that Private Williams suffered serious internal injuries that required emergency surgery in the United States.
Private Wilks suffered a broken leg.
Senior magistrate Juan Wolffe released Makhail Saltus, from Hamilton Parish, on $10,000 bail and ordered him to report to Hamilton Police Station three times a week and stick to a curfew from 10pm to 6am.
Giovanni Saltus, also from Hamilton Parish, was released on $3,000 bail and ordered to report to Hamilton Police Station once a week and observe the same curfew.
Mr Wolffe adjourned the case until September 1.
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