Efforts to trace man linked with fatal crash
A man being sought for a civil court case in connection with a fatal crash in Bermuda has listed his location online as “Timbuctoo”.
Luke Armstrong, from Britain, is the subject of a writ of summons after broken neck victim Evelyn Rewan launched a legal action seeking damages caused in the 2009 collision, which involved a truck driven by Mr Armstrong.
The action came to light after notices were published in the Cayman Islands intended to inform him of the summons. According to Mr Armstrong's Facebook page yesterday, he now resides in Timbuctoo, Mali, although his profile picture highlights a 2014 photograph from Little Cayman.
Meanwhile his LinkedIn profile states that he has been working in Singapore since last April after spending time working in Cyprus. The Royal Gazette reached out to Mr Armstrong via Facebook yesterday, asking him if he was aware of the civil case against him and if he intended to respond to any claims being made against him.
As of press time last night, no response had been received.
We also reached out to lawyer Saul Froomkin, who represented Mr Armstrong in the Supreme Court, but he was unavailable for comment.
Air Care, which employed Mr Armstrong while he was on the island and is listed with him as a respondent in the writ of summons, declined to comment as the court matter is ongoing.
And Ms Rewan has referred this newspaper to her lawyer for comment, but no comment has been received.
The civil case revolves around a 2009 collision on South Road involving a truck driven by Mr Armstrong and a car driven by Winston “Yogi” Burrows.
Mr Burrows was killed after the car burst into flames but Ms Rewan — a passenger in the car — survived after she was pulled from the vehicle by Honest Masawi, a second passenger in the car.
Ms Rewan however suffered multiple fractures, including a broken neck, while Mr Armstrong drove away from the scene.
A jury found Mr Armstrong guilty by a unanimous verdict of causing Mr Burrows' death by driving while impaired, but he successfully appealed his conviction after the Court of Appeal ruled that trial judge Norma Wade-Miller did not properly direct the jury on how to weigh up the evidence.
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