Six Traffic fatalities in March Print E-mail
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Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00

For the month of March 2014, which has just begun,  six persons around the country died because of injuries suffered from traffic accidents.

 The first happened when 13 year-old Earl Ishmael Flores was knocked down just outside of Burrell Boom Village on Sunday, February 23 just after midday. No one knows who hit him, but he was found shortly after by villagers who alerted his family, who then rushed him to the hospital. He fought for his life for an entire week, and just before midnight on March 2, he passed away from the head and body injuries he received. Police are still investigating that case, but they have no leads because it was a hit and run.

 Then on Tuesday, February 25, 41-year-old Jose Elmer Villanueva fell out of a moving bus between miles 12 and 13 on the Northern Highway. The driver of the bus told police that he was taking a curve when Villanueva, who was seated on the cover of the engine at the front, fell out. He suffered severe injuries, and he was rushed to the KHMH, but after 5 days of fighting for his life, he passed away on Sunday March 2 while undergoing treatment.

 On Monday, March 3, Independence Police visited an area of the highway in front of the primary school in Trio village where they found an overturned pick-up truck, the bodies of Independence residents Wilfredo Jaime and Antonio Mejia and a traumatized Christopher Gutierrez. What investigators were able to find out was that all 3 young men were traveling in the pick-up and when they got to the drain, the driver lost control and slammed into it, and the vehicle overturned. Mejia and Jaime died on the spot.

 Back in the jurisdiction of the Ladyville, officers responded on Tuesday, March 4 at around 5 a.m., to an accident scene in Double Head Cabbage. They found the body of 52-year-old Eric John Wade of Bermudian Landing Village beside his red ATV motorcycle. Their initial investigation reveals that Wade was travelling on the ATV to Double Head Cabbage when he lost control of the motorcycle. It caused him to run off the road, and in the course of the accident, the ATV fell on top of him which caused fatal injuries.

Also that night, Ladyville Police had to be called back out to another traffic accident between Miles 6 and 7 on the Northern Highway which claimed the life of yet another man. Lennox Garbutt Sr., a resident of Corozal, was driving his vehicle when he had a head-on collision with another vehicle. Two other persons from that accident ended up at the hospital along with Garbutt, but he succumbed to his injuries while undergoing treatment.

 Because of the alarming spikes in accidents on the Northern Highway in the Jurisdiction of the Ladyville Police, the Rural Executive Officer, who commands the formation has, said that they will step up their efforts to try to prevent traffic mishaps. -