Residents in San Ignacio are still reeling from a fatal traffic accident in which a Corozal resident sacrificed his life to avert further disaster. On Tuesday, January 12, 2016 about 4:50 pm, acting on information received of a fatal traffic accident in San Ignacio Town, San Ignacio Police visited a scene situated on Benque Road, near St. Gabriel Medical Center, where Police observed a blue Freightliner Truck bearing license plate number CZL A-00153 with its front portion down a hill and off the right shoulder of the road. Attached to the truck was a trailer with license plate CZL A-0375. Also observed was a male person of dark complexion and Hispanic descent trapped between the rear right wheel of the truck and the hill, motionless bleeding from the neck, shoulder and face.
Initial investigation has revealed that 47 year old David Dominguez, a Belizean Truck Driver of San Jose, San Pablo Village, Orange Walk District, was driving the blue Freightliner truck on Benque Road, travelling from South to North, in the direction from Benque Viejo Town towards the Hawkesworth bridge and at the time he was accompanied by 20 year old Christopher Usher.
Incidentally, at the time of the accident Christopher Usher, Belizean laborer of Corozal Town was seated in the middle and 25 year old Derl Anthony Barahona, Belizean laborer of Corozal Town, was seated at the right side. But upon reaching near the St. Gabriel Medical Center, David Dominguez was trying to pull over, and was experiencing difficulties with the brakes. David Dominguez asked Derl Anthony Barahona to get out of the truck and place a rock in front of one of the back wheels, an action which helped the vehicle come to a stop. Andrew Ramirez, Commanding Officer of the San Ignacio Police Formation told the Guardian that Derl Anthony Barahona’s action had prevented a greater tragedy as the vehicle was weighed with cement and otherwise would have accelerated downhill. Unfortunately, David Domiguez suddenly lost control of the Freightliner truck as the hydraulics failed and ran down the hill off the right side of the road and the rear right wheel crushed Derl Anthony Barahona into the same hill.
At the time of the accident, the weather was clear, the paved road downhill was dry, and the traffic was very light. Derl Anthony Barahona was transported to the San Ignacio Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival by the doctor on duty. Specimen was obtained from David Dominguez, who was also served with Notice of Intended Prosecution.