AARON HUMES Reporting: Despite the warnings of the Police Department last week, more lives were tragically ended on Belize’s roads this past holiday weekend.
According to police, on Sunday, March 9 around 5:15, police visited a sad scene near the Belize Old River in Burrell Boom where a white Honda SUV driven by 20 year old Linbert Tucker was coming out of the Burrell Boom Road.
Tucker’s vehicle collided with a white Kia Sportage coming from the opposite direction, being driven by 31 year old Karim Silva.
Silva was travelling with his 3 year old daughter Ashley and three other persons identified as Marcia and Maroni Blake and Adrian Gentle.
Officer in charge of Ladyville Police, ASP Christopher Noble, says police had checkpoints set up in the area but Tucker apparently managed to get by them, coming out from a different direction.
The senior officer says drivers were being directed to use a different exit from Burrell Boom village where the La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge was stopping for the day and their initial interventions were working.
He says samples will be taken for evidence of alcohol use and asks for persons who witnessed anything to come forward.
While speeding may also have been a factor, investigations thus far according to ASP Noble reveal that Tucker apparently sideswiped several other vehicles before colliding into Silva’s.
Police have not ruled out speeding as a possible factor as their investigations continue.
But the carnage didn’t stop there as there was a related incident occuring at about the same time as the double fatality along the Burrell Boom Road.
ASP Christopher Noble explained to reporters that multiple vehicles were involved in a incident a few hundred yards from the fatality, and a third accident took place on Monday night in Bermudian Landing, where a resident died last week after turning over an ATV.
As ASP Noble tells us, this accident, involving four adult females and two children, was not fatal.
There have now been as many fatalities related to road traffic accidents in the month of March as in the two previous months, January and February.
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