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Aug 18, 2015

Hit & Run Victim Hilton Conorquie Clings to Life at K.H.M.H.

Therese Leiva

A Belize City man is clinging to life at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital after being hit by a vehicle and left for dead on the George Price Highway over the weekend.  The incident which occurred on Saturday is yet to make the daily police situation report and tonight the family of Hilton Conorquie is appealing to the driver of the vehicle that ran him over to come forward.  The mishap reportedly took place in the vicinity of the Eight Mile Community where Conorquie had been doing some work for a resident of the area.  As a result of the massive injuries received, Conorquie remains bedridden at the KHMH in critical condition.  News Five spoke with Therese Leiva, the eldest sibling of the hit and run victim.

 

Therese Leiva, Sister of Hit & Run Victim

“Yesterday I got a call from my two sisters, Lisa Matura and Ingrid Conorquie.  They called me to let me know that my brother got involved in a hit and run accident… I went there this morning to see him and he was in a very bad state.  My concern is [that] I would like the person that knocked down my brother just come forward and see the situation of how my brother looks.  He cannot walk, he can’t move his hand and he wahn tek wahn surgery.  And they left him for over seven hours and that’s my concern.  He was working at the, he gaan do wahn work at eight miles fu wahn guy Cordel who work da di Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“And this is at the Eight Mile [community] on the Western Highway?”

 

Therese Leiva

“Yes sir.  And if my sista neva call me we neva mi waah know nothing.  Da wah somebody weh know my sister called my sister and let my sister know that her brother got knocked down and he’s at the hospital and so I know last night apart [from the fact that that incident happened on Saturday].  Over seven hours [after] he got knocked down he was left there.  The person left him to die.  I want di person come weh knock down mi bredda at eight miles.  Just cohn sih di situation of how my brother looks.  Please.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“Now have the police gotten involved, in terms of either launching an investigation, getting in touch with the family?  Have they responded to this incident?”

 

Therese Leiva

“So far no, because if police mi get involved my sister Ingrid Conorquie and my sister Lisa Matura, dehn mi wah call me because I am the oldest one for my mother and they will call me.”

 

Late this evening, Senior Superintendent Edward Broaster refuted claims made by Conorquie’s family that police response to the hit and run was sluggish.  Likewise, he says that the incident occurred near mile five and not the area that family is alleging.  In an update to a previous traffic mishap that we reported on Monday, Belmopan police have confirmed that there were indeed two children who perished in an accident along the Hummingbird Highway on Sunday.  The driver of a grey Mitsubishi Endeavor that overturned near the outskirts of Belmopan around five-thirty that evening remains missing despite speculation that he may have suffered serious injuries during the incident.

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