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Drunk driver allegedly responsible for traffic accident that killed Joshua Martinez

Posted: Monday, March 20, 2023. 8:40 pm CST.

By Breaking Belize News Staff: On Saturday, 22-year-old Joshua Martinez died when a vehicle crashed into his car while parked on the roadside. Today police say police charged the man allegedly responsible for the accident for drunk driving.

Belize City resident 52-year-old Manuel Ramos was formally arrested and charged this morning with one count of drove motor vehicle without due care and attention, one count of causing death by careless conduct, one count of manslaughter by negligence, and one count of alcohol concentration above the prescribed limit.

Police say that Ramos has pending charges with respect to Police Constable David Griffith, and Tyrese Usher who were also injured in the incident.

Reports are that around 4:30 a.m. on Saturday, Martinez and Griffith were parked on the side of the road between miles 8 and 9 on the Philip Goldson Highway, assisting Usher, whose vehicle had broken down. Ramos reportedly drove off the road and into the driver’s side of Martinez’s vehicle, while he was in the driver’s seat. Martinez was killed on the spot.


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