Accident at the Western Border Print E-mail
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Thursday, 15 March 2018 00:00

There was an unsightly accident on Friday morning in the cargo area of the Belize Western Border.  Police were called in to the area where they observed a Hispanic male lodged between the wheels of a Freight Liner Truck with a Belize license plate.

Marcus Fernando Zabaleto, a 38-year-old Guatemalan of Melchor de Mencos, had been dragged by the truck for a few hundred meters. Video footage taken by a Benque Viejo Taxi driver also showed the results of the accident, with the 18-wheeler having dragged the body across concrete.

Police investigations revealed that sometime before 11:00 a.m., Jose Guerra, a 53-year-old Guatemalan, drove his truck off the lot without realizing that his friend, Marcus Zabaleto, was underneath.

Employees from both the Police and Fire Department assisted on Friday to gather the remains of Marcus Zabaleto. His remains were transported to the San Ignacio Hospital where he was pronounced dead by the attending doctor.

Jose Guerra appeared in court on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 and was remanded until May 14, 2018.

At the Western Border, men can frequently been seen lying in hammocks underneath their long trucks after driving all night. Our check at the local hotels in Benque Viejo shows that the rates for a descent night’s rest are quite expensive, except for the Maya Hotel in Benque. For a shared bathroom, this centrally located hotel by the old market charges about $25.00 a night.