Tourist knocked down and killed in Stann Creek Print E-mail
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Thursday, 20 July 2017 00:00

Devin Robert Merrell, 18, an American National, lost his life in a fatal traffic accident in the Stann Creek District. Merrell was riding a rented motorbike when he slammed head-on into a flatbed truck, police say. His injuries were severe, and he died after the crash.

It happened on Saturday, July 15, sometime around midday at the junction of the road which leads to the Mayflower Bocawena National Park, and the Southern Highway. Reports to the press are that Merrell and his friend rented the motorbikes from Emma’s Motorbike Rentals in Hopkins. They were on vacation in Belize, and were on their own personal tour of the surrounding areas of the Stann Creek District.

Employees of the Bocawena park told the press that on that day, Merrell and his friend pulled up to the entrance on their rented cycles, but they indicated that they did not intend to stay. They left shortly after that, and police reports say that while traveling back to the Southern Highway, Merrell ended up in a traffic accident with a tow head truck, which was being driven by Guinea Grass resident, Abraham Friesen.

The accident is still being investigated, but indications to police at this time are Merrell may have gone into the lane of incoming traffic. That’s when he had a major collision with the Orange Walk resident’s truck, and the motorbike was completely wrecked.

Merrell died as a result of that accident, and police will serve Abraham Friesen with a notice of intended prosecution.

Merrell’s friends have declined to grant interviews, but they told the media that he will be remembered for his love of adventure. His family reportedly owns property in Belize, and travels here regularly. Arrangements are being made for his body to be transported to his home country for funeral arrangements.