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Highway carnage: Two dead, one maimed, and one injured in three accidents in West and South

Posted: Monday, January 10, 2022. 10:37 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: The highways were unforgiving this weekend, with two men left dead, a third maimed and a woman also injured in three separate accidents.

The most high-profile incident occurred on Sunday evening on the George Price Highway. According to the Director of Communications, Assistant Superintendent of Police Fitzroy Yearwood, Police responded to a scene between miles nineteen and twenty on the George Price Highway, where they saw a male identified as Mario Rivera trapped in a Chevy Tracker.

Initial investigations reveal that Eric Williams, a James Bus driver, was traveling towards Belize City when suddenly the white Tracker swerved into his lane. Williams tried to avoid hitting the Tracker, but it was too late, and the two vehicles made contact. Upon impact, both vehicles ended up on the left side of the highway.

The driver of the Tracker, Mario Rivera, ended up trapped in his vehicle for a while. The Fire Department from Ladyville proceeded to the scene to assist the Police with the “Jaws of Life” (equipment), and they managed to remove Rivera.

Rivera was transported to the [Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital] where he was pronounced dead.

Also on Sunday, but further west in Cotton Tree village, there was another accident. According to ASP Yearwood: “A man driving his motorbike from the direction of Saint Matthew’s Village towards Belmopan and upon reaching Cotton Tree Village, he lost control of his cycle. He was flung from that cycle, received serious head and body injuries and died on the spot. His name is Josue Ramos, thirty-eight years (old).” A female passenger who was traveling along with Ramos received scrapes and bruises and is in the Western Regional Hospital in a stable condition.

The third incident took place a few hours earlier on Sunday in San Juan (Cowpen) village, Stann Creek District which left a young Red Bank labourer, Ortencio Sho, without part of his right leg. ASP Yearwood explains: “The information is that when Police arrived on the scene, they saw him with his right leg completely amputated. They also saw a motorbike in that area. They are saying that the initial report is that he was driving his motorbike under the influence of alcohol when he collided into the San Juan plantation sign – a post – and they are saying that that is where he received his injuries.”

Social media video showed a bus parked on the scene and persons speaking to Sho, sitting on the ground looking remarkably calm, or perhaps in shock. ASP Yearwood said police in that area indicated that Sho crashed on his own, not in a collision with the bus, and at last report he was hospitalized and in a stable condition. Police believe he may have been under the influence of alcohol.

Drivers, motorists and pedestrians are advised to continue following the rules of the road, exercise caution and drive defensively.


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