Egbert Ferguson, a 47 year-old resident of Hattieville Village, has died as a result of injuries he suffered in a traffic accident he was involved in between miles 17 and 18 on the George Price Highway.
It happened on Monday, February 1, sometime after 3 p.m. Ferguson was driving a grey 2-door Ford F-150 pick with extended cab. He was traveling with 44-year-old Daisy Olivera of Belize City and two minors as his passengers. They were heading from the direction of Belmopan to Hattieville, and for some still unknown reason, they crashed head on into a grey Toyota Hiace Van. The van belongs to the company, Cavetubing.Bz, and the tour guide, Rogelio Reyes, was driving 6 French Tourist for a visit to the Lamanai Maya Site. All 11 persons suffered varying degrees of injuries, but Ferguson was the most seriously injured. He passed away at around 4 a.m. on the next day, Tuesday. He leaves behind 19 children for which he was the main provider. He made a living selling juice and fudge in Belmopan.
Also on Tuesday, there were 3 other traffic accidents, neither of which ended in fatalities, fortunately. The first one happened at around 9 a.m. between Miles 7 and 8 on the Phillip Goldson Highway. 62 year-old Loyden Foreman, a resident of Buttonwood Bay, Belize City, was riding his bicycle behind a vehicle which reportedly had a sudden stop. A pickup coming from behind hit Foreman sending him into a spill. He was rushed to the KHMH, but he was treated and released.
The next accident happened nearly around the same time, but on the George Price Highway between miles 7 and 8. The driver a red Dodge Caliber vehicle is refusing to cooperate with police, but it is believed that he was heading from Belmopan to Belize City, and he lost control of the vehicle. It ended up overturning on the right side of the road. That driver walked away without any injuries.
The final accident for the day happened at around 4:30 p.m., near mile 25 on the George Price Highway. 38 year-old fireman Benisford Matura is believed to have lost control of a government vehicle, a white Mitsubishi pickup, which is assigned to the Belize City Fire Department. The loose gravel in the area is suspected to be the cause of the accident, ended up overturned on the left side. Matura was also uninjured in that accident.