Deadly bridge at St. Margaret’s claims 4 lives Print E-mail
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Thursday, 23 November 2017 00:00

A triple fatality on the Hummingbird Highway has turned the Garifuna Settlement Day celebrations into tragedy for 2 families. The victims, 37 year-old Harold Albert Smith, 37 year-old Keith Alonzo Frazer, and 41 year-old Marlon Flowers, died after the car they were travelling in ran off a bridge and went into the creek below. This very same bridge had claimed a life less than 24 hours earlier.

At around 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 19, 2017, Belmopan police were alerted to an accident which happened between miles 31 and 32 on the Hummingbird Highway. When they responded, they found a gold Toyota Camry Car at the bottom of the Saint Margaret’s Village bridge. The driver, Harold Smith, was found trapped inside the vehicle in the driver’s side. Unfortunately, there was nothing that the authorities could do after they rescued him from the vehicle. Smith had already passed away. His nephew and best friend, Keith Frazer, was found motionless on the ground nearby; the accident also killed him at the moment of impact or shortly afterwards. The final passenger in the vehicle, Marlon Flowers, had already been rushed to the Western Regional Hospital by the time police arrived on the scene. Unfortunately, he died on the way.

Police investigation has revealed that the three men were traveling from Dangriga Town to Belmopan City. Upon their approach of the narrow, one-lane bridge, Smith reportedly lost control of the vehicle, which flipped over and landed on the banks of the creek, with all 4 wheels up in the air. First responders had to make several tries to flip the vehicle over, so that they could get to Smith’s body.

All 3 men had gone to Dangriga for the festivities of the long weekend. They were on their way to Burrell Boom, to Smith’s home. The family insists that alcohol is not an element of this accident. Smith, who was behind the wheels, when the deadly crash happened, is described as a non-drinker. They believe that the condition of the road, and the bridge are what caused their loved ones to die.

Smith and Frazer’s family say that they were inseparable. Although Smith is Frazer’s uncle, they are the same age, and so, they grew up more like brothers, than uncle and nephew. Smith leaves behind 3 children who are residing in the US. Frazer was the father of 2 children. Their friend, Marlon Flowers, better known as “Smurf”, was a barber at the well-known barbershop, Slip N Slide, which is located near the Pound Yard Bridge in Belize City.

This triple fatality happened only hours after another accident the night before on this very same bridge. In that earlier deadly accident, (see story on page 2), the driver passed away, and his two passengers ended up hospitalized. There is also a third accident, which reportedly happened on Friday night, November 17, 2017. Police have no information on that one.