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Jun 27, 2017

Charged Elvin Penner “sorry” he didn’t see cyclist coming

Former Minister Elvin Penner is home tonight on bail; this afternoon he was arraigned for manslaughter by negligence of Kenrick Myvette, a motorist who was killed on Friday night. Penner was heading to San Ignacio in his SUV and Myvette was coming from San Ignacio on his motorbike when the collision took place on the stretch of road in front of Running W Meats at mile sixty-two on the George Price Highway. After his arraignment, Penner accepted responsibility, but said he did not see Myvette. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.


Duane Moody, Reporting

Just before two p.m. today, former Minister of State Elvin Penner walked up the steps of the San Ignacio Magistrate’s Court, where he appeared before Magistrate Hurl Hamilton and was arraigned for manslaughter by negligence, causing death by careless conduct and drove motor vehicle without due care and attention. He was offered bail of five thousand dollars, plus one surety of the same amount and in no time, he was allowed to leave the confines of the police station. Penner was driving his Ford SUV that caused the gruesome death of Unitedville Security Guard, Kenrick Myvette.


Elvin Penner, Charged for Manslaughter by Negligence

Elvin Penner

“I would like to express my very, very sincere condolences to the family of the deceased. I could not be more saddened by the fact that a person has died, a family has lost their loved one. A beautiful young girl is left without a father; a common-law wife is left without a husband. I can only imagine what they are going through. It’s been a tough time for my family as well. It’s something I would have never ever dreamt of could have happened to me.”


Around ten-thirty this morning, Penner arrived at the station where his vehicle was inspected by traffic officers in the presence of police officers. Thereafter, he left the compound and returned this afternoon for his arraignment. He granted News Five an interview on his recollection of what happened on that fateful Friday night when he was traveling home from work.


Elvin Penner

“I came home from work very late; I checked my time and exactly at six-fifty-six is when I called 911. It was on a straight stretch there in front of Running W where you can see clearly all the way to Esperanza. The vehicle in front of me was traveling fairly slowly so I remember looking ahead, didn’t see anything coming and proceeded to overtake and I did not see the cycle coming from the front until it was just feet in front of me. The only instinct I had at the time was to do whatever I could to miss the cycle and I swerve the vehicle immediately to the right, hitting the vehicle beside me. A lot of people may believe what they want to believe; they might not believe me, but I honestly did not see the cyclist coming. I’ve spoken to the two witnesses in the other vehicle that I hit in the process….both of them didn’t see the cycle coming.”


Duane Moody

“So no light was on the cycle?”


Elvin Penner

“I cannot say there was no light on; all I can say is that we didn’t see the cycle.”


Penner says that at the point of the accident, the first thing he did was call 911 for ambulatory and police assistance from San Ignacio. But it was the Spanish Lookout ambulance that rushed the victim to the Western Regional Hospital.  Myvette experienced a most horrific death; his left foot almost severed and several broken bones.


Brenda Pilgrim

Brenda Pilgrim, Sister of Deceased [File: June 26th, 2017]

“If ih foot mi only broken, ih noh bad; ih pop off completely…from ih ankle to ih toe pop off. Wah big buss ina ih head like the skin just di hang side way yah and on the next side one big chop deh yah. This hand yah completely bruk up; ih chest bruk up and ih jaw dehn bruk up. He gone through wah terrible pain and ih pain we so much. When we reached dah the Belmopan hospital, he was in the emergency room. We di ask and ask question and they tell us that they di tend to ahn because ih get wah bad head injury and they don’t think he will survive by that.”


Elvin Penner

“The young man Mister Myvette was responding well to questions and conversations that we had with him while he was on the ground. So I was very optimistic that he was going to make it.”


Since the fatality, Penner says he’s been in contact with Myvette’s family and intends to assist them, specifically his three-year-old daughter and common-law wife who’ve lost the breadwinner of their family.


Elvin Penner

“If I could get my hands on a million dollars today and bring back the life of their loved one, I would do that. But unfortunately, that’s not how life goes. I know they are preparing to bury their loved one. Like I said, I have been whenever I have been able to, assisted them with whatever I have been able to assist them with. So far, my communications with them have been very positive. I think they do understand that it was an accident that I personally still can’t believe and understand why it happened, but it did happen.”


But is the businessman accepting guilt for the death of Myvette?


Elvin Penner

“In terms of the legal charges they normally give you are based on traffic laws…so based on the traffic laws, yes indeed the guilt will be on my part. But in terms of the negligence or purposefully doing something or overseeing something or doing something wrong, I don’t see how because I really did not see the cycle coming.”


Penner returns to court on October twenty-seventh. Interestingly, his travel documents were not taken away, despite a request made by Prosecutor George Gomez. Penner, however, will have to notify the court if he plans on leaving the country at any time. Duane Moody for News Five.


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