(Real News) La-Shanti Cooper, the young woman who was charged for the accident-related death of her best friend, Keane Gregoire of Nut Grove, has been remanded to His Majesty’s Prison since she was unable to meet the cash deposit of her bail.
On Wednesday, May 31, Cooper appeared in the St. John’s Magistrates Court, where – among other conditions – Chief Magistrate Joanne Walsh imposed bail of $100,000 with a cash component of $20,000.
A source says that Cooper’s family made a good effort to raise the funds before the end of the workday, but they fell $5,000 short of the amount required.
As a result, the teenager will remain in prison until the full $20,000 can be raised and paid into the court to secure her release.
Cooper, a former student of the Ottos Comprehensive School, is facing five charges: driving without a license; driving without insurance; causing death by dangerous driving; driving without the required “L” plates affixed to the front and back of the vehicle; and driving without a licensed driver next to her, as the law stipulates.
Allegedly, the young woman was behind the wheel of the car that crashed and claimed the life of 18-year-old Gregoire, an Ottos Comprehensive School student.
The Police are alleging that Cooper was traveling at a high speed when she lost control of the vehicle, causing the car to skid off the All Saints Road before colliding with a concrete column.
The accident occurred at around 2 a.m. on Thursday, May 18, and Gregoire succumbed to his injuries on Friday, May 19, shortly after midnight.
Cooper’s mother, Corporal Tulip Horsford, a veteran police officer, has been charged for allowing her daughter, an unlicensed driver, to operate her car. Both cases have been adjourned to August 10.
Earlier reports that the pair had been charged with perverting the course of justice have not been substantiated.