Ehud Myers, the pastor, who was one of two people prosecuted over the 2015 bus crash at Rock Gutter that claimed the lives of seven students, has died.
Myers, 73, died in hospital on Thursday, about three weeks after suffering a stroke as he was entering the gate of Fancy Apostolic Faith Mission, where he was pastor.
On March 31, 2017 the Serious Offences Court upheld a no case submission in a preliminary inquiry in which Myers and Ravanon Nanton, then 36, were each charged with seven counts of involuntary manslaughter.
The charges were in connection with the death of seven students at Rock Gutter on Jan. 12, 2015.
The students — Racquel Ashton, Chanstacia Stay, Glenroy Michael, Jamall and Jamalie Edwards, Simonique Ballantyne and Anique Alexander — died when minibus HL636, in which they were travelling on their way to school, careened down a steep section of road and plunged into the sea in the North Windward community.
Nanton was the driver of the vehicle and Myers was the conductor.
The bodies of Ballantyne and Stay were never recovered from the ocean.
The lawyers, Grant Connell and Israel Bruce, made the no case submission at the end of a preliminary inquiry that stretched over 10 months, which included months-long adjournments.
Myers and Nanton, along with school principal Colbert Bowen, were in late 2015 charged with seven counts of involuntary manslaughter after the completion of a coroner’s inquest into the accident.
The Crown withdrew the charge against Bowen at the commencement of the preliminary inquiry in May 2016.
Myers’ legal troubles came seven years after The Rotary Club of St. Vincent honoured him on Sept. 2, 2010 for his dedicated service to his community.
Myers was born in Chateaubelair and moved to Fancy in 1969, where he married Patricia Bowens.
Among his contributions to the community was his partnership with Rotarians and the staff of the Central Water & Sewerage Authority to execute the Fancy water project, which connected every home in Fancy to the municipal supply of water.
He was the founding president and longstanding leader of the Fancy Community Corp, which, along with the Rotary Club, raised money to buy a bus to transport passengers and goods to and from Fancy, the northernmost community in St. Vincent.
The group bought a second bus after the first was destroyed in an accident.
Myers was described as an honest and outstanding resident of his community.
His funeral service is scheduled for May 14, at noon, in Fancy.