Yesterday in the Supreme Court, the Prosecution closed their case against Terrance Walker, who is accused of causing the death of Jen-Naya Simmons through careless driving on North Shore
Road during the early morning hours of July 15, 2018.
After closing their case, Mr. Walker’s lawyer Marc Daniels called the defense’s first witness, who appeared in Court via Zoom from the U.K.
Forensic collision investigation expert and retired police officer Michael Prime, who has been investigating serious vehicle collisions of all kinds since 1989, admitted to the Court that he never visited the area where the accident occurred in person, but had intensely studied the geographical area through Google Maps.
He said it was obvious where Ms. Simmons’ bike fell over through a scratch mark on the road that stretched for about 80 feet. According to him, the scratch started along the eastbound lane
of the road (heading towards St. George’s), so he presumed that Ms. Simmons must have been
riding in the correct lane before the fatal incident occurred.
However, Mr. Prime said that Ms. Simmons most likely fell onto the westbound lane ( heading towards the city of Hamilton) and, judging by how the bike suffered no significant structural damage after the incident, he is almost positive that Ms. Simmons’ bike did not collide with the car that Mr. Walker is alleged to have driven.
Despite what other officers may have thought and even said during the trial, Mr. Prime’s expert opinion is that the collision occurred in the westbound lane and not the eastbound lane. Mr. Walker’s vehicle was also heading westward around the time of the incident.
Mr. Prime’s testimony and Mr. Walker’s trial continues in the Supreme Court today.
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Story by TNN Reporter Stefano Ausenda