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Jun 30, 2014

Minister of Education is unscathed in Belize City accident

There were several accidents over the weekend resulting in one fatality in Independence and at least ten person injured in Independence and Belmopan. We start with a fender bender in Belize City on Sunday afternoon. At just after two p.m., a white government issued Toyota Prado being driven by Minister of Education Patrick Faber was in a collision with a Police mobile at the roundabout on Freetown Road. The Police officers were responding to reports of a fire when they hit the vehicle driven by Faber. Mike Rudon has the story including a response from the minister.

 

Mike Rudon, Reporting

This was the scene just after two Sunday afternoon on the Freetown roundabout. The collision was between this Police pickup seen here and a white Toyota Prado being driven by Minister of Education Patrick Faber. He didn’t stick around, but departed the scene without talking to Police. All that was left behind was the bumper of the government-issued vehicle. Faber didn’t bother to retrieve it before he left. An eyewitness recounted what he saw.

 

Voice of: Eyewitness

“Apparently the police was on their way to a fire—that’s what I got to find out—and around the roundabout, the vehicle to my knowledge shoulda mi hear that siren long time…came around the roundabout and took the right of way…ran into the police vehicle. Stopped a little bit pass the roundabout after ih damage the police vehicle, but after that sped off. It didn’t have no plates…it had a minister.”

 

Reporter

“You saw him…you saw Patrick Faber?”

 

Voice of: Eyewitness

Yes I saw him in the vehicle. Yes he was alone.”

 

Reporter

“Who did you say have right of way?”

 

Voice of: Eyewitness

“The police. Normally, once you hear a siren blasting you are supposed to stop and pull aside. There is no doubt…it is not about right of way. It is about a siren, an emergency; you pulled over to the side and you stop where you’re at.”

 

As you heard, the eyewitness states that Faber was alone in the Prado, while we understand that he claimed later that he left the scene in a hurry because he had to take a passenger to the hospital. The Police at the scene seemed uncertain what to do about the incident, especially in the absence of Minister Faber and the other vehicle involved.

 

Reporter

“What did the police do after the incident?”

 

Voice of: Eyewitness

“Well they just stopped. They didn’t want to do anything. I wanted to take the bumper and put it on the side. I mean this is evidence. They said, no, leave it there.  I mean somebody has to take responsible and I think the person driving the white land cruiser supposed to take responsibility.”

 

Reporter

“Did anyone appear to be injured?”

 

Voice of: Eyewitness

“No, I saw probably police was…his finger or something. But I don’t know, I can’t say.”

 

Later that afternoon Minister Faber visited the Queen Street Police Station, just as the passengers of the damaged Police mobile arrived. Faber tries to speak to a visibly frustrated and angry driver of the mobile. We couldn’t hear what was being said, but the gestures are enough to indicate that it wasn’t a happy conversation.

 

Faber was left standing alone before he climbed into another vehicle – a black Toyota Hilux pickup without license plates – and departed the scene.

We’ve been able to confirm that no charges have been levied against Faber, either for the collision or for leaving the scene. We tried to reach him for comment today but he did not respond. Mike Rudon for News Five.

 

News Five contacted Minister Faber via text, and received a response late this evening. Faber explained, also via text, that “Yesterday, I was in a small traffic mishap with a police vehicle on the roundabout at the corner of Saint Thomas Street and Freetown Road. While on the roundabout turning on to Saint Thomas Street, pretty sure I had the right away, I was forced to bring my vehicle to a stop at which point the police mobile apparently in an emergency pursuit sped across the roundabout northern bound on Freetown road, colliding with my vehicle. I did not hear police sirens or see flashing lights. Nobody was injured in the small traffic accident and both vehicles received minor damage. As a result of these minor damages and because the Police claim to have been in an emergency pursuit, I have agreed to take on the cost of very minor repairs to the Police vehicle.”

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6 Responses for “Minister of Education is unscathed in Belize City accident”

  1. Rod says:

    That is not the point come on unu reporters need fu start do unu job the point is he believes he is above the law you are not supposed to leave the sene of an accident and the police should not have let this man just take off and leave also unu see what a corrupt gov. We have all these ministers think they are above the law damm what blatant corruption.

  2. Eric says:

    Bow down to your Demigods you disgusting Belizean Peasants!!! I am willing to wager that if it was any “NORMAL PERSON” in Belizean Peasant society that the police dogs that they have trained so well to only attack peasants would have ran that “NORMAL PERSON” down and beat the living piss out of him or even her and then take them to station then court then hospital. Our system reminds me so much of reading about slavery in the U.S and even here in Belize… we have a hierarchy which is the slave masters who claim dominion over all and any little crumb that they afford the slaves (in our case a fifty or hundred dollar bill or cheap fuel around municipal election time) would be akin to God raining Manna from heaven. Then there is the overseers that are personified by our fine and often semi-illiterate police they crack skulls and dole out the punishment to the slaves (or in this case the “NORMAL PEOPLE”) all while protecting their masters from any possible slave revolt. I would like to lose my soul and step over to the dark side and be a minister, that way me and my family can destroy government/the people’s property, abuse my wife and coheres young women into having sex for a scholarship and above all I will have the peace of mind to know that I am so above the law that I can shoot a “NORMAL PERSON” in the head in front of a thousand witnesses and get away with it if I wanted to. I wish I could tell all you NORMAL PEOPLE to “emancipate yourselves from mental slavery” but the invisible shackles of democracy around your neck has become too comfortable for you all to even care, you have all to a certain extent become house ni$$as.

  3. Timber says:

    Exactly. If it were anyone else,the ignorant police officers would have run them down after the accident and probably brutalized that person. Our public officers should stop being afraid of these people in government on both sides and make it clear you will no longer stand to be victimized for standing up for your rights. He did this with a police vehicle, what if he it were common folks? I’m glad it wasn’t anyone in my family because I’d have flown in and beat the hell out of his F….t ass. He would have touched off something that he wouldn’t have been able to handle because my crowd is large and some are lawless and they move to my command . He was probably drunk. He’s another piece of crap that some of you elected.

  4. Teddy Steinway says:

    Belize will never improve as long as the political class remains immune from their responsibility to obey the law. The political class includes the judiciary and the police. The cost to the underdevelopment of the economy because of the internal corruption is enormous.

  5. H@tari says:

    And what do you think would happen if this were you or me? To jail you go, But oh, not so with these arrogant GOB bureaucrats. No charges, no court, no fine and do you really believe that he is going to pay for the damages out of his own pocket? Wonder if the press will follow up on this? Belize has one of the worst governments in all of the world. Totally inept at everything they do. Red or Blue.

  6. CEO says:

    Faber is in the right! A Minister should never yield to any other vehicle.

    How the heck can he be wrong? Never! After all he is a Minister; oh and by the way he has no apologies for anyone!

    Tory done!

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