American charged for accident on Phillip Goldson Highway Print E-mail
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Thursday, 14 January 2016 00:00

American national Stephen Howe was fined by Magistrate Carlos Mendoza for causing a vehicle accident on the Phillip Goldon Highway on Thursday, January 7. According to police report, just after 7 a.m. on Thursday morning Turkish national Cuneyt Kumsal, 41, was driving his grey Chevy SUV on the Phillip Goldson Highway and upon reaching in front of Low’s Supermarket a Kia Sportage collided into his vehicle. The Kia Sportage was being driven by American Stephen Howe. Howe was driving from a street adjacent to the supermarket and was entering the highway when he drove into Kumsal’s vehicle. Kumsal sustained abrasions to his left hand and forearm and bruises to the face and both hands. Stephen Howe walked away without injury.

Howe was escorted by police to the Belize City Magistrates Court on Friday, January 8, where he was arraigned before Magistrate Carlos Mendoza. In court he was read two traffic offenses for negligent harm and driving without due care and attention. He pleaded guilty to both charges and took responsibility for colliding into the SUV. Mitigation plea was made on behalf of Howe by his attorney Andrew Bennett. Magistrate Mendoza imposed two non-custodial sentences in fines of $75 for driving a motor vehicle without due care and attention and $200 for negligent harm upon Kumsal. Howe, who resides in Belize, went to pay his fines immediately.