Anthony Hunter dies in Traffic accident Print E-mail
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Thursday, 27 February 2014 00:00

Police from Belize City Precinct 2 continue to invest the terrible traffic accident which claimed the life of 52 year old Anthony Hunter, the son of Former PUP Minister Freddy Hunter.

The accident happened just after 8 a.m. on Saturday, February 22, at Mile 2 on the George Price (Western) Highway in front of the Foam Factory. Police found Hunter's lifeless body in the middle of the road and his trademark grey Kawasaki "Ninja" motorcycle in the drain. Across the road, they found a backhoe excavator, which belongs to Cisco Construction, with one of its wheels showing signs of impact. The driver of the backhoe, one of Cisco's employees, told police that Anthony Hunter slammed into his back wheel.  They've been able to piece together that the driver was in transition between the intersection of the highway and Linda Vista Street, when Hunter came up on the backhoe, unable to avoid the crash. Investigators believe that the force of the collision was massive enough that it crushed his face and killed him almost instantly.

As per procedure, the driver of the backhoe has been served with a notice of intended prosecution, and the officers have also taken a urine sample to be certain of his condition during the time of the accident.

Freddy Hunter spoke to the media explaining that he is not satisfied with the explanation of the driver of the backhoe. Hunter questions why he would allegedly reverse a huge machine like a backhoe into an active highway. He says that in his opinion, the driver of the backhoe acted inappropriately because he should have properly driven unto the highway.

Police will have to investigate all angles presented in this accident. The Ministry of Finance and Economic Development released a statement that from January 2012, to January 2014, there have been 115 persons who have died in traffic accidents.