A man has been charged with manslaughter following the alleged hit-and-run killing of Raymond Curtis.

Mr. Curtis, 22, was found lying in the road a short distance from his family home in Sandys.

Heartbroken family members have spoken of their loss - his sister Carmilita Curtis telling the Bermuda Sun that Mr. Curtis ha­d been a rock to her since the death of their father a decade ago.

Yesterday, 25-year-old Mendell Eugene Outerbridge, of Sandys, was charged with unlawfully killing Mr. Curtis on September 6. Mr. Outerbridge was also charged with driving a vehicle that was so un-roadworthy that it was a danger to the public. He was also charged with having no insurance, no driving licence and with driving an unlicensed car.

Mr. Outerbridge's heavily pregnant girlfriend, who stood alongside him in court, is alleged to have aided and abetted the defendant following the incident. Leonae Jameca Simmons, 19, of Sandys, faced one charge of "receiving, relieving or assisting a person to escape punishment" - for which she could face seven years in prison if convicted. Mr. Outerbridge could be jailed for life if he is found guilty.

Mr. Curtis is said to have been walking home from Woody's Sports Bar in Sandys in the early hours of Saturday when he was allegedly struck by a car on Malabar Road. The driver allegedly left the scene and Mr. Curtis was found by police at 3.48 am. He was taken to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 4.30 a.m.

Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner set bail at $20,000 for Mr. Outerbridge and at $5,000 for Ms Simmons. Their next court appearance is scheduled for September 23.