Massive Accident Claims 2 Lives in Placencia
Three persons perished in traffic accidents over the weekend. An accident in the south has left two teenagers dead and several others injured. More than a dozen persons were traveling in a truck when the driver lost control and overturned multiple times on the Placencia Road. The accident happened on Sunday afternoon and before the end of the day, two teens had succumbed to head and body injuries; leaving as many as four in serious condition while the others received varying degree of injuries. News Five’s Andrea Polanco was in Dangriga today and has more on this double fatal accident.
Fourteen-year-old Waresi Flores and eighteen-year-old Deshawn Taylor lost their lives in a traffic accident on Sunday. Sometime around two-thirty in the afternoon, the two Dangriga teens, along with twelve others were traveling in this now badly damaged pick-up truck. Reports are that as many as ten persons were in the back of the truck heading towards Seine Bight when the driver, twenty-four-year old Sandra Martinez, lost control of the vehicle and ran off the road which caused the truck to flip several times. The accident happened near mile four on the Placencia Road near the Belize Aquaculture Shrimp Farm. The teens were with friends. Today their families share the little they know about the fatal accident.
Brian Cullerton, Step Father of Waresi Flores
“His plan was to spend some time with a friend and his mother at a birthday party. They were going to make a trip to Seine Bight to pick up some materials, so we had no knowledge about a crowded pickup truck until we found out after the fact of the accident. So, we don’t know how that happened. We don’t know any details yet. What we do know is that we never allow our children to ride in the pan of a truck wherever possible and certainly not in a crowded situation and never sitting on the railings. And so we were shocked when we found out what apparently happened.”
Robert Taylor, Father of Deshawn Taylor
“I never know anything about the accident about it till mi next daughter come and cry. So, I ask ah weh happen. She tell me that Deshawn ketch inna wah accident and ih stand bad. So, I gone across hospital and when I gone deh mussie half an hour after she passed away.”
“So, she couldn’t speak with you or anything?”
“No. Nuh say anything. Cause she get lick inna ih head because ih look like she get pitch outta the pick-up pan. But before she left from yah I neva know dah pahn the road ih gwein because I always tell deh this dah Lent and the devil busy. So, I mi think dah out yah by seaside deh gone, neva know dah pahn the road deh gone or else I mi wah stop ah.”
“Do you know where they were heading? Placencia or Seine Bight?”
“Seine Bight they were heading for…”
“Were they going to spend a day at the beach or they were going for something specific?
Robert Taylor, Father of Deshawn Taylor
“I nuh know. I neva expect ah fi go pahn the road because I tell deh that Placencia Road dah nothing nice and the young lady weh the drive – she is not a driver – and my boss lady mi deh behind and she say the speed weh she mi gwein with dah mi no surprise that the vehicle flip because the curve deadly. And one ah mi nephew dead dah the same spot couple years a back.”
While the accident claimed two young lives, several others were injured. Among the occupants of the vehicle were three students of the Solid Rock Academy – including Waresi Flores- where today he would have joined his standard six classmates for the P.S.E.:
Shannon Martinez, Principal, Solid Rock Academy
“We came down to the hospital and found a very sad scene. Three of our students were in that accident. One in Standard two and two in Standard six. The one in Standard two is ok. He is resting. Waresi died and Jonathan is still at the hospital. We just came from there. He has some injuries but he is okay. It is very sad because the Standard 6 children went to take the P.S.E today and this morning everybody was crying. We had them assembled here at 7:20. Pastor Evans came and prayed with us and parents were here also to support their children. We tried to encourage them, you know, and when we got to Ecumenical Dr. Nunez had the counselor speak to the group and got them settled before the exam actually started, so they were in a little bit better frame of mind after the counselor spoke with them.”
“Now, speaking about Waresi; what kind of student was he; the lively, active, outgoing type?”
“Very much lively. He would be on that basketball court after twelve playing with the other standard six children and this week was particularly interesting for him because he was happy. He was giving jokes and very, very happy. Sometimes, in the past, there would have been issues with him but this was a very happy week for him; getting along with everybody, smiling and giving jokes with his classmates.”
“He was looking forward to P.S.E.?”
“He said he would have “whapped” it up. So, he didn’t get the opportunity, but God knows best.”
And while the Solid Rock Academy mourns the loss of one of its students; the families say their loved ones had bright lives cut short by an untimely accident.
“He was a very active child. He was looking forward to P.S.E today because he is a Standard Six student at Solid Rock Academy here in Dangriga. Waresi was very much into animals and motors. He did a lot of work on bicycles and motor scooters around. He had a pony of his own that he spent a lot of time with and he wanted to be a repair person when he grew up, concentrating, specializing in motors. That was his plan.”
“She used to go dah school and ih come out. She used to go dah George Town Techand she come out and she mi gwein back and now that’s it.”
“Was she outgoing; did she like to go out and enjoy herself?”
“Exactly. That dah she. That dah she that. When I tell ah nuh go nowhere she would still slip away and go.”
Reporting for News Five, I’m Andrea Polanco.
There was another accident that claimed one life – this time in Spanish Lookout, in the west. According to Police, around one-thirty on Saturday afternoon, David Reimer was driving an ATV on the Spanish Lookout Road when he collided into a four runner vehicle driven at the time by Ronald Braun. Reimer was rushed to the Western Regional Hospital, but later died.