Perry Gibson charged for death of young couple Print E-mail
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Thursday, 07 January 2016 00:00

Businessman and cycling enthusiast, Perry Gibson, 44, is out on bail after he was arrested and charged with two counts of manslaughter for running over and killing Adrian Wade, 22, and Lea Crawford, 27, on January 2 in Carmelita Village.

On their way to a wedding reception, Wade and Crawford were double riding on the road side in Carmelita Village sometime around 7 p.m. on Saturday, January 2. At this same time, Perry Gibson was driving his 2013 Toyota 4 Runner towards Belize City. He lost control of the vehicle between miles 49 and 50 and veered unto the side of the road where the couple was riding. The SUV struck the couple at high speed causing them to fly off the bicycle up into the air. The momentum of the vehicle then caused it to drag the bicycle a couple hundred feet further. According to eyewitnesses, Gibson then attempted to drive off from the scene but his vehicle shut down a half mile later due to mechanical malfunction. Unconfirmed but reliable reports are that an angry mob then attacked Gibson as he exited the vehicle. Police arrived at the scene a few minutes later and apprehended Gibson. Crawford and Wade suffered multiple traumatic head and body injuries. Crawford died at the scene of the incident, while Wade died on the way to the hospital.

Police believe Gibson was under the influence at the time of the incident. This they will not be able to prove since he refused to provide a blood or urine sample to the authorities. On Monday, January 4, Gibson appeared in the Orange Walk Magistrates Court where he was charged for numerous offenses. The charges against Gibson are two counts of manslaughter by negligence, two counts of causing death by careless conduct, failure to stop and render aid, failure to provide a blood or urine sample and driving without due care and attention. There was no objection to bail which was granted in the sum of $20,000. He is due back in court on February 15.