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Police chief fires cop driver of vehicle that killed boy on Boxing Day

Police Commissioner Keith Miller has confirmed that a cop who did not have a drivers licence was driving the vehicle that killed Steffan Cruickshank on Dec. 26.

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – The cop who drove without a driver’s licence the uninsured vehicle that struck and killed a 14-year-old boy on Boxing Day has been fired.

Word of this came from Commissioner of Police Keith Miller Wednesday night, when he appeared as a guest on a radio talk show.

La Croix resident Steffan Cruickshank, a fourth form Grammar School student, died when he was struck by a vehicle while riding his bicycle along the Mesopotamia public road on Dec. 26.

Miller did not identify the ex-cop but said he has since fired the officer.

“That person is no longer a policeman today, because I believe he acted with gross misconduct,” Miller said.

“He acted with gross negligence [knowing] that he was not the holder of a driver’s licence to put himself on the road to be involved in what is happening today,” the top cop further stated.

“Because of that, I discharged him from the Police Force. So he is no longer a policeman,” Miller said in response to a caller’s question.

“You ask the question whether that police man was the holder of a valid driver’s licence and I can tell you he was not. You asked me whether the vehicle he was driving was insured and I can tell you it was not, by virtue of the fact that someone drove that vehicle without being the holder of a driver’s licence,” Miller said, confirming what has been rumoured for weeks.

He said that police are still investigating and added that he and other high-ranking members of the constabulary visited the scene on the day of the incident, “trying to ascertain what happened”.

“From where I sit, the matter is still under investigation and the investigators are still trying to ascertain what happened that day because we are getting different stories, we are getting mixed stories,” Miller said.

“I was not there. I was not an eyewitness so I have to depend on eyewitness who saw what happened,” Miller added.

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11 thoughts on “Police chief fires cop driver of vehicle that killed boy on Boxing Day

  1. What eye witnesses you can be waiting on he was driving with a driver’s license and kill ah 14yrs old boy and you waiting on eye witness. just another police work that will go untouched.

    Posted by Pomps | January 19, 2012, 06:13
  2. How about prosecution, if he gets found not guilty will he get his job back. If the answer is no, well why did you give those other scum bag three policemen back their jobs, whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy.

    Were your actions, as usual, on the instruction of Humpty Dumpty?

    Time to resign Miller, time to resign long time ago.

    WAKE UP AND SMELL THE SULPHUR

    Posted by Peter | January 19, 2012, 09:26
    • he should be sent to prison, any person who cause such dreadfull act, and policeman, prison to good for him.
      does he sleep good, folk cant have faith in law or respect if things like this goes without hard punnishment,
      st vincent is such great place, great people, my heart goes to his poor poor family in there sad loss, no family exspect to bury there child, DREADFULL

      Posted by veronica lewis | January 19, 2012, 11:48
  3. Well done Miller! But, Crappo say “this world is not level”. Three police officers nearly kill a youth-man. Found guilty by the courts fo’ all kind ah ” shti”. But, dem get back dem Jobs…. Is a law breaker a law breaker? Or are there categories of lawbreakers in the police force incurring different treatment? ………..backside!!

    Posted by Olbap | January 19, 2012, 10:07
  4. Storm Gonsalves, PM’s son, + motor bike – vehicle insurance – vehicle license < accident = no questions, no charge. – “I was not there. I was not an eyewitness so I have to depend on eyewitness who saw what happened,” Miller added."-. Miller right in his head??, the boy is dead, DEAD DEAD, what more you want?. Miller now is playing the 'put off until dey 4get' game and 'not enough evidence to prosecute' will be his next line because Storm's 1st accident has set the trend for 'friends' and 3 convicted officers are back on the job. D comrade need the Police on his side so is no way Miller can discipline them or make them unhappy.

    Posted by KS784 | January 19, 2012, 10:24
    • There is no evidence to show how the youth met his death all are speculating the bicycle was not damaged the car was not damaged no one saw who was driving the car all are speculating it’s unfortunate that the youth lost his life it is also unfortunate that Mr. Miller choose to handle the matter the way he did …I was not there you were not there He was not there so why speculate

      Posted by Junior | January 19, 2012, 12:16
  5. vincy ppl just love to talk . the cop was wrong to drive the car with out license, it was an accident , the driver the kid and god knows what happen . everything happen in vincy involving a police you all lash out and truant .you see , we all use the road to drive ,to ride or to walk on .Not because you r a pedestrian means you cant cause an accident and the driver always wrong .well that the mentality of vincentain . the other day i almost struck a young lady because she was lost on her black berry and wondered out in the road . i wonder if i had hit her if i would have been sent to prison for my DREADFUL act. the driver and the young boy are ppl friends and family ,not just a vincy cop you all want to see sink or a grammar school kid . stop judging .old people say every dog has his day your may just be around the corner.

    Posted by dreamer | January 19, 2012, 15:51
  6. He deserved to be fired. But it shont stop there. There should be manslaughter charges brought against him as well because by driving without a license he took such gross risk that it rise to the level of manslaughter. The family should also bring civil action against the EX cop. I commend commissioner Miller for his action. My heart especially goes out to the family of this boy.

    Posted by Brian Charles ESQ | January 20, 2012, 10:56
  7. The three convicted criminal policeman are not a dream, people are rightly worried because of the precedents set by this Gonsalves and Miller led police force.

    WAKE UP AND SMELL THE SULPHUR

    Posted by Peter | January 20, 2012, 10:56

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