St. Croix man pleads guilty to negligent driving, leaving the scene of accident
Published: January 11, 2014
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ST. CROIX - The 28 year-old man arrested on charges that he hit a road worker with his vehicle in April and left the scene of the accident, entered a plea deal in V.I. Superior Court on Friday.
Donald Bough Jr., of Estate St. John was arrested in August and charged with negligent driving, failure to report an accident and leaving the scene of an accident in connection with incident that took place around 1:41 a.m. April 11 near Beeston Hill.
Bough had pleaded not guilty to the charges against him until Friday, when he accepted an offer from prosecutors that allowed him to avoid a jury trial and enter a plea of guilty to negligent driving and failure to report an accident.
In exchange for the plea agreement, the remaining charge was dismissed.
According to an affidavit filed in court by V.I. Police Officer Jamale Griffin, he spoke with witnesses who told him that road construction workers were doing work on Queen Mary Highway in the area of the Queste Verde intersection when the witnesses heard screeching and the sound of a crash.
When the road workers went to see what had happened, they saw a 56-year-old co-worker who had been directing traffic with the flag, injured off to the side of the road and a car was over him, according to Griffin's report.
Griffin said one witness said he saw a man, now identified as Bough, and a woman get out of the car, and after talking among themselves, they both jumped back into the silver Jeep Liberty and left the area.
The witnesses said the flagman had a laceration to his head, and another co-worker removed his shirt and put it on the victim's head and applied pressure to stop the bleeding, according to the police report.
Witnesses saw the license plate number for the Jeep, and Griffin said he tracked the vehicle down to its last registered owner, who told police that he had sold his vehicle when he left the island in October 2012. The man said he had sold the car to a young man, and while he did not remember the man's name, he remembered where he worked, according to the report.
Police investigated and subsequently found the owner of the vehicle to be Bough, Griffin said.
Bough was arrested and released after posting 10 percent of bail, which had been set at $10,000.
As a condition of the plea agreement, Bough reserves his right to petition the court to expunge his criminal record once the case has been resolved.
He faces a prison sentence of up to 18 months; he faced more than six years on the original charges.
- Contact reporter Fiona Stokes at 714-9149 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.