By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The mother of the Belizean cyclist Sergeant Brian Martinez who died after being knocked down in Los Angeles, California in the United States in April while training for the 2022 Cross Country Cycling Class donated his cycling gear to the Cycling Federation of Belize.
“The Cycling Federation of Belize would like to give a special thanks to Ms. Alice Augustine, whose son Sgt Brian Martinez, was tragically knocked down and died while training to compete in this year’s Holy Saturday Cross Country Classic,” said the Cycling Federation of Belize on Monday.
“Ms. Augustine visited Vice President Dion Leslie and presented him with various cycling equipment and clothes that were left behind by her son”
The Cycling Federation of Belize (CFB) said that the items will be given out to young cyclists in Belize who are in need of assistance.
“Once again, we express our sincere condolences to Ms. Augustine and the entire Martinez and Augustine family. May the memory of Sgt. Brian Martinez live on in those that will be touched by this donation,” said the CFB.
When it first reported Sgt Martinez’s death on April 11, the CFB said Sgt Martinez, who lived in Los Angeles, had already sent in his registration for the Holy Saturday Cycling Classic. The CFB reported that Sgt Martinez “while training in the early morning he was knocked and killed.
Sgt Martinez, who was 49 years old, had served in the United States Army for 20 years. He was a Licensed Clinical Health and Mental Health Therapist.