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More traffic fatalities in Belizean roadways Print E-mail
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Thursday, 13 March 2014 00:00

This weekend, 3 more persons lost their lives to fatal traffic accidents which happened in the span of 12 or so hours.

 The first happened on the George Price  Highway in Camalote village on Sunday morning, March 9, at around 5 o’clock. Belmopan police were called out to an area between miles 50 and 51 where they found the lifeless body of 22 year-old Jose Martinez, a resident of Ontario Village. He was lying next a red motorcycle, and a short distance away, they found a red Isuzu Rodeo, which had damaged to its front portion.

 That vehicle was being driven by 53 year-old Anthony Polonio, and was heading towards San Ignacio when he had a head-on collision with Martinez, who was riding the motorcycle. The force of the impact flung Martinez onto the highway, and he suffered extensive head and body injuries. He died on the spot before he could receive any help.

Belmopan investigators are now looking into the accident to see who was at fault. Twelve  hours later, Ladyville police, who were manning the La Ruta Maya race at its 3rd leg in Burrell Boom, had to respond to another serious accident which claimed the lives of twovictims.

 The accident happened at around 5:15 p.m. on that very same Sunday just outside the entrance of the village. 28 year-old Linbergh Tucker was driving his Honda SUV out of Burrell Boom. He was leaving the La Ruta Maya, and somehow lost control of the vehicle and slammed into a Kia Sportage. That vehicle was being driven by 31 year-old Karim Silva, who had his 3-year-old daughter, Ashley Silva, his wife, and two other passengers along with him. The authorities managed to rush everyone to the hospital, but baby Ashley and Linbert Tucker passed away while undergoing treatment.

Police believe at this time that alcohol may have been a factor in this accident. These three victims takes up the number of traffic fatalities recorded this year so far to eleven.