More Traffic Mishaps in March Print E-mail
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Thursday, 27 March 2014 00:00

For the month of March alone, there have been 10 people who have died as a result of traffic accidents on Belize’s roadways.

 The most recent happened on Saturday, March 22, at around 5 a.m., where 63 year-old former BDF Soldier Henry Pascual was doing his morning jog on the Stann Creek Valley Road. That’s when a motorist knocked him down from behind. The driver stopped and rendered aid, taking him to the Southern Regional Hospital, but he died shortly after from the injuries he sustained.

The next accident happened in Belize City where the skull of a man was crushed underneath a dump truck. 33 year-old Honduran Jose Martinez was reportedly riding his bicycle  contrary to the flow of traffic on Cemetery Road, and when he arrived at the pedestrian ramp, he fell off his bicycle. That’s the same time when a dump truck was trying to get over the ramp, and one of the wheels crushed Martinez’s skull killing him instantly. Police have investigated and they are waiting on the DPP’s Office to decide on whether or not they should charge the driver of the truck for anything. It is notable that eyewitness reports say that Martinez was riding as if though he was intoxicated.

In the Ladyville police jurisdiction, 3 persons ended up in the hospital following 4 traffic accidents. The most serious one happened on Saturday afternoon in Scotland Halfmoon Village. 3 year-old Romeo Flores Jr. had just exited church, and he was playing with a group of children inside the compound. He tried to cross the road over to his dad, and that’s the same time when a bus was passing by. Baby Romeo ran unto the road, but it was too late for his parents to react and try to save him. The bus struck him sending his tiny body flying through the air. Immediately, his parents rushed him to the KHMH in Belize City where the doctors were able to stabilize him.  Hos condition was considered serious because he was suffering from internal injuries.

He is currently receiving treatment for a fractured skull, swelling of the brain, a broken arm, a broken leg, and a broken pelvis.

There were 3 more traffic mishaps in the jurisdiction of Ladyville Police, but 2 out of those 3 were minor. One of the minor ones was a suspected case of road rage.

But, the other serious accident happened at around 6 p.m. on Sunday March 23 at the Burrell Boom cut-off.

38 year old Ian Nunez of Poinsetta Street and 35 year old Deon Geban of Faber’s Road, both employees of Bowen and Bowen, had just left a company family day social, at the Ladyville Branch, when the vehicle they were travelling in ran off the road and overturned several times. Nunez was rushed to the KHMH in critical condition suffering from a broken pelvis, spine, hand and foot, while Geban was injured on the back, shoulder and foot.

Because of the spike in accidents in the Ladyville Jurisdiction since the beginning of the year, the Police in that area intend to crack down on any and all traffic violations, as well as making a presence on the road to deal with reckless driving.