Teen driver charged in fatal collision

| 14/09/2010

(CNS): Update  — An 18-year-old woman has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and causing death by dangerous driving. Brooke Novak appeared in court today in connection with a fatal road crash last month. At about 12.30am on Tuesday, 3 August, police received a report of a two vehicle collision on the Esterley Tibbetts bypass  near Lakeside Condos. Fedaranne Faustino, a 24-year-old passenger in a Honda Civic, sustained serious injuries and later died at the Cayman Islands Hospital. Novak who was driving a Toyota Land Cruiser, was arrested at the scene. (Photo by Dennie Warren Jr)

It was determined that the driver of the Honda was not driving under the influence of alcohol, having passed all relevant screening tests for DUI, police announced a few days after the crash.

Yesterday, Monday 13 September, the 18-year-old Novak was formally charged in connection with the incident. She was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and causing death by dangerous driving.

The young woman was given bail, but her passport has been seized and the court has prevented her from leaving the country to attend college. Novak, who is a Canadian passport holder, is facing serious charges and the court heard that she was considered too much of a flight risk for her to be allowed to leave.

Represented by defence attorney John Furness, she is expected to appear in court again later this month.

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