The traffic section of the Liberia National Police has concluded its investigation to establish the cause and circumstances that led to fallen music icon Quincy B’s death. According to the LNP, Quincy B, (Quincy Luwokollie Burrowes) died as a result of excessive speeding and reckless driving, which violated section 10.10 of the vehicle and traffic laws of Liberia.
The LNP investigation report added that section 10.10 of the vehicle and traffic laws of Liberia called for drivers to drive at a speed limit of 35 miles per hour in residential zones, such as the Tubman Boulevard area.
“When a driver is driving at 35 miles per hour and then an accident occurs, injury will be minor,” the report explained. “But when the driver is speeding and an accident happens, injury will be serious just like the case of Quincy, which resulted in his death and one person sustaining a broken leg.
“In addition, Quincy B’s 2007 Toyota Camry summersaulted into the air up to 52 feet, which is another clear indication that he was driving above the speed limit stipulated in the law,” the report revealed.
The investigation report said that immediately the artist entered the curve, he lost control of his car apparently as he tried to dodge a vehicle that was coming in from the fence of the UNMIL in order to avoid a head-on collision. This vehicle was on its rightful lane, and bears no responsibility for the artist’s death.
The report added that testimonies gathered from the other survivors revealed that Quincy B was driving at the same time playing with his phone.
“Driving at the same time playing with gadget or any other material violates section 10.2 of the vehicle and traffic law, which means he did not care about observing traffic rule. In a nutshell, Quincy B is responsible for his own death and the injury his friend received,” the reported noted.
Meanwhile, the investigation report fell short of disclosing whether Quincy B had a valid driver’s license and whether he had on his seatbelt the night of the accident. However, a traffic police officer who spoke on the condition of anonymity said if Quincy had on seatbelt it was going to protect him when the car summersaulted.
“He never had seatbelt on; that is why, when the vehicle crashed it was difficult for him to remain safe and secure within the car. Even if the car has airbags, it could not work because airbags are meant to work with seatbelts, not replace them,” the police officer said.
Meanwhile, the Liberia National Police has charged Lewiz McCarthy, manager of the late Quincy B, for civil liability and violation of the insurance law of Liberia.
McCarthy, who was released by his lawyer, will be responsible for injury expenses for artist CIC, who was also involved in the accident, because the car was not insured, according to the LNP charges.
According to a source, the late Quincy B’s family, Lewiz McCarthy and others were all invited on Friday at the LNP Headquarters in Monrovia.
Under Chapter 5 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law of Liberia, which is captioned, Civil Liability, every owner of a vehicle used or operated on any highway to which this title is applicable shall be liable and responsible for deaths or injuries to a person or property(ies) resulting from negligence in the use or operation of such vehicle.
The late singer did not have a driver’s license and the vehicle was registered in McCarthy’s name. The police say this is in violation of police motor vehicle regulations.
According to our source, McCarthy is being processed to court.
The late music icon, Quincy B was born on April 24, 1996, and died on March 3, 2017 in a tragic motor accident on his way from an impromptu performance at Anglers Bar and Restaurant in Monrovia.
Entering the mainstream music industry at the age of 19, with the single “Dream,” Quincy B released more than 10 singles before his death, with 15 unreleased songs which are expected soon.
Before his death, he became the youngest artist in Liberia’s struggling music history to become a brand ambassador for a major telecommunications company, Lonestar Cell MTN.