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Jan 3, 2017

Massive Motorcycle Crash Snuffs Out 2 Young Lives in Teakettle

Devon Reyes

In addition to over one hundred and thirty lives lost to violence, by guns or other means, the highways and other roads also exacted a heavy toll. Though we were not able to confirm with authorities the exact figures, as many as eighty traffic accidents took place in Belize in 2016, with quite a few resulting in fatalities. In just the past week, talk show personality Alfonso Noble led the list of accidents ranging from Orange Walk to Placencia. Tonight, there is another accident to add to that list. It was a fatal motorcycle collision between Teakettle and Ontario villages in Cayo. Two young men were riding separate motorcycles in the opposite direction from each other when they collided into each other head-on. News Five’s Aaron Humes went west to find out what was behind this sudden loss of life.

 

Aaron Humes, Reporting

It is hard enough for the families of sixteen year old Devon Reyes or twenty-four year old Mauro Reyes, also known as Byron, to believe that they are gone forever. But just a year and a half after losing another family member in similar circumstances, Devon’s large family’s pain is deepened by the loss of “Grampa,” as he was known.

 

Loretta Reyes, Sister of Devon Reyes

“We never believe, but when we see he gahn dah di door – cah my ma neva know at the moment yet – but we tink he mi di play. When we see he gahn da di kitchen door di drop down and fa deh we seh something mussi happen fi tru. Then I tell my bra-lee les go go check see if da tru, then fad eh we tell daddy les go go see. And when we reach deh – caz so much vehicle done mid deh deh – when I reach deh, I just see the cycle and I seh “My God, dah he fi tru.”

 

Reporter

“It appears he died on the spot?”

 

Loretta Reyes

“When we reach deh, because ih done cover with a white sheet, and when we reach deh, police say unu hold it down, dah wah accident happen and they knock and deh wa dead spot fi see dehn dead right away.”

 

The family was reacting to the terrible news brought by a family member after Devon took his leave of Loretta and others at the family home in the village of Teakettle. The violent collision on the George Price Highway moments afterward wiped out both youths’ lives in an instant.

 

Insp. Santiago Patt, Deputy O.C., Belmopan Formation

“On Saturday the thirty-first of December, 2016, sometime around six-thirty p.m., Police responded to a traffic accident between miles fifty-three and fifty-four on the George Price Highway. And upon arrival, police saw two motorcycles on the center of the highway and two male persons on each side of the highway, motionless. Police conducted an investigation, which revealed that both persons were driving in the opposite direction when they collided. They passed away on the spot, and they were identified as Mauro Reyes, twenty-four years, and Devon Reyes, both of Teakettle Village, Cayo District.”

 

Despite the presence of helmets on the scene and at least one motorcycle having lights on, police believe that on a dark road, speed killed.

 

Santiago Patt

Insp. Santiago Patt

“What police are looking [at] is that possibly speeding contributed to this accident.”

 

Reporter

“Are you clear so far in your investigation as to whether both men were adequately protected on the road?”

 

Insp. Santiago Patt

“Well, it is not clear if they were protected; but I can say that yes, a helmet was seen on the accident scene.”

 

Reporter

“Now in terms of the conditions in that area – we were there; we saw that it was a straight road coming off a curve and there are no indications of lights or anything that would light the pathway there.”

 

Insp. Santiago Patt

“Yes, that area is a dark area and it is between the two villages.”

 

While there was pain in their voices as they mourned his sudden and familiar loss, “Grampa’s” family was mostly smiles today, preferring to remember his fun-loving ways.

 

Loretta Reyes

Loretta Reyes

“Dah somebody ih like – ih funny; ih like do fool out of the way, ih like fool with ih lee niece and nephew and do dehn fool, but still yet; ih like cook too.”

 

Reporter

“Talk to us about what you will miss most about him.”

 

Loretta Reyes

“Well I wah miss ah because fi be wah time like this, weh ih en up fi be, we neva mi expect if fi end up like that, you know? And because one year and a half my ma just lose one, then fi come again, lose another son, and the same [way;] cycle accident?”

 

Aaron Humes

“Oh, so you already lost a brother in an accident?”

 

Loretta Reyes

“Yes sir, he dah Raymond Reyes. June the twenty-first, 2015.”

 

Belmopan Police once again called for caution on the road.

 

Insp. Santiago Patt

“This [is] a sad situation; motorcycles involved. But my advice to motorcycle riders: be careful, take your time on the highways; wear your proper protection, for example your helmet; and [lessen] your speed.”

 

From Teakettle village, Cayo District, Aaron Humes reporting for News Five.

 

A post-mortem examination was held today in Belmopan; the family tentatively plans for Devon Reyes’ burial on Friday. He is survived by fifteen siblings and a host of other relatives and friends.

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