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Jan 4, 2016

Pamela Bennett and Alfredo Navaratte Die in Road Traffic Accident

While there was no loss of life in that accident, another RTA occurred in the same vicinity near the Haulover Bridge on January second. Two persons perished instantly; money lender Pamela Bennett and Alfredo Navarette were traveling in separate vehicles when they were involved in a head on collision. Bennett’s husband was also injured and remains hospitalized. News Five’s Isani Cayetano has the following report. 


Isani Cayetano, Reporting

Well-known Belize City moneylender Pamela Bennett is one of two persons who perished in a road traffic accident over the weekend.  The other is Alfredo Navarette.  The vehicles in which they were traveling crashed into each other a short distance from the Haulover Bridge.  The impact of the sudden head-on collision killed both persons instantly.


Edward Broaster

Sr. Supt. Edward Broaster, Commander, Rural Eastern Division

“At nine a.m. we had the accident, the unfortunate accident that claimed the lives of Ms. Pamela Bennett and Mr. Alfredo Navarette.  Ms. Pamela Bennett was in the Tundra pickup truck along with Mr. Cumberbatch traveling to Orange Walk while Mr. Navarette was traveling towards Belize City when both collided between miles five and six on the Phillip Goldson Highway.”


According to Bennett’s sister, who spoke with News Five off-camera, Pam and her husband were en route to Sand Hill to transact business.  From what the sibling was told, the driver of the oncoming minivan may have been staring at the scene of a previous accident when he slammed into the white Toyota Tundra.


Pamela Bennett

Voice of: Sister of Deceased

“Well I just know that ih mih gaan pan di road fi gaan gaan do wahn business and ih end up di get caught up eena di accident due to, I noh know if da fi dehn neglect, I noh know if da di notha driver neglect.  But di way how we get it di other driver mi di gaze on di other accident weh mi di happen and dat da weh cause fi dehn accident.  So I noh really know da weh happen.”


Whatever transpired along that stretch of highway resulted in a mangled mess of rubber, plastic and metal.  The second accident, the deadlier of the two collisions, caused traffic along the busy thoroughfare to be backed up for quite a distance.


Sr. Supt. Edward Broaster

“They were checked by Doctor Fernando Cuellar and were pronounced dead at the scene.  Mr. Calvin Cumberbatch was taken to the KHMH where he is undergoing treatment.  Blood and urine samples were taken from him and that matter is being investigated.  We had vehicles in our custody that will be undergoing inspection with respect to this case. We are awaiting Mr. Calvin Cumberbatch’s recovery so that we can interview him to find out exactly what transpired at that junction.”


Pamela Bennett, known to most as a shrewd loan shark, became known in the media in 2012 when her entire family was arrested on charges of murder, stemming from the shooting death of Raheem Requena.  At the time the businesswoman was married to Germaine “Horse” Garnett, one of two suspects, including her son, reportedly involved in the homicide.  Her spate with the law would include charges of attempting to suppress evidence and using violence against a witness.  Garnett and her son, Mark Vernon, were later acquitted of the charges.


After losing a son to gun violence several months ago, this is the second tragic loss her family has had to cope with.


Voice of: Sister of Deceased

“Well right now we di try cope, especially with my ma.  My ma she di try be strong weh she could move round and do what and what, being that the husband is still lying in the hospital and thing.”


Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

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1 Response for “Pamela Bennett and Alfredo Navaratte Die in Road Traffic Accident”

  1. Jason says:

    Please put some speed bumps

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