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Police: “Driver that caused fatal road traffic accident on Sunday appeared heavily intoxicated”

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Posted: Monday, November 22, 2021. 6:24 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: Police say that drunk driving may be the cause of a fatal road traffic accident that resulted in the death of two people on Sunday.

Just after 10 o’clock, an SUV traveling between miles 49-50 on the Hummingbird Highway headed in the direction of Dangriga Town, was broadsided by a car that made an abrupt left turn.

The collision caused the driver of the SUV to lose control and crash causing one passenger to be flung from the vehicle which later landed on top of her. Authorities arrived on the scene and with the aid of fire department personnel were able to extract the driver of the SUV, 40-year-old Elmer Avila from the wreckage; however, he died on the scene. Fifty-one-year-old Kimberly Griffith was removed from under the vehicle and taken to the Western Regional Hospital for treatment but died of her injuries moments later.

Director of Communications for the Office of the Commissioner of Police, Assistant Superintendent Fitzroy Yearwood said that police have detained the driver of the car that caused the incident and obtained samples from him to determine his blood-alcohol level.

“We have confirmed that the driver of the car that may have caused the initial contact between both vehicles appeared to be highly intoxicated,” Yearwood said.

Also in the SUV were Jacqueline Martinez and Elias Castillo, who were both injured in the crash but managed to survive. They were also taken to the Western Regional Hospital to receive treatment.

Police investigations continue to determine what charges the driver of the car may face in connection with the accident.

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