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Aug 7, 2017

RTA takes life of UB student Alma Flowers

Alma Flowers

A traffic accident over the weekend at the Crooked Tree Junction at mile thirty-one on the Phillip Goldson Highway claimed the life of twenty-year-old UB student Alma Flowers.  Flowers was struck as she crossed the highway by a vehicle with Belmopan license plates traveling from Orange Walk towards Ladyville and driven at the time by Lionel del Valle. Del Valle remains in police custody tonight as investigations continue into the fatal RTA. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

The Flowers family from Crooked Tree is tonight mourning the death of one of their own following a fatal traffic accident at the entrance to the village on Sunday night. Twenty-year-old Alma Flowers had just alighted a bus at the junction to the village on the Phillip Goldson Highway when she was struck by a vehicle as she came out from behind the bus. Flowers was along with her cousin and best friend, Raymor; they had traveled earlier that day to Melchor to purchase supplies for the opening of the new school year.

 

Raymor Flowers, Witness

Raymor Flowers

“We were coming from Belize from a bus and we came off the bus. After that the bus took off, my cousin walked back of the bus and she just ran in front of the road, but she didn’t that…she saw a car coming from the back so she ran to avoid it. And she didn’t see the car from the front; the car from the front hit her.”

 

Duane Moody

“So it was two vehicles that were coming from opposite directions and she tried to avoid one but the other one hit her?”

 

Raymor Flowers

“Yes she didn’t see the other one coming. The vehicle hit her and I went and I shouted her name because I didn’t see her there again. It was dark; I was looking all over for her. I couldn’t find her until about seven to ten seconds later; she was on the ground lying.”

 

The family received a call shortly after and by the time they got to the scene, she was already dead. Alma suffered a broken leg, arm and a gash over the forehead.

 

Uriah Rhaburn Sr., Uncle of Deceased

“The last message my daughter said she received from her was 7:21 p.m.; after that she sent further texts that went unanswered. What transpired between that time and the last text we cannot say because nobody can confirm what went on. But she was coming off the bus; she was coming from Belize City from Melchor and we assume, she didn’t look both ways and she got clipped by the vehicle. The right portion of the vehicle was damaged, to my observation, on the driver’s side only by the headlight. And she suffered a broken left leg, a broken shoulder and there was a wound on the forehead; I’m not sure how severe it was or if she had any other internal injuries, I am not able to say.”

 

Contrary to reports made on Sunday that the incident was a case of a ‘hit and run,’ Uriah Rhaburn Senior says that the driver of the vehicle remained on scene to render assistance. Police confirm that the driver, Belmopan resident Lionel Del Valle, remains in custody today pending the outcome of the investigation.

 

Sr. Supt. Alden Dawson, Regional Commander, Rural Eastern Division

Sr. Supt. Alden Dawson

“At this time Mister Valle is here with us; he is presently detained.”

 

Duane Moody

“Now, what’s the investigation showing so far? Was Miss Alma at fault or was it Mister Del Valle who was allegedly speeding?”

 

Sr. Supt. Alden Dawson

“I can’t say at this time who is really at fault. The police are still investigating the matter. Like I said, they are in the process of recording statements at this time. Mister Valle is in custody presently and based on the investigation, the police will proceed with charges if necessary.”

 

It is a very difficult time for the family because Alma was very ambitious; she was studying at the University of Belize to become a teacher. She was a daughter, a cousin and a best friend.

 

Raymor Flowers

“Most of the times, we helped each other out a lot, especially when it comes to homework, I would assist her if she needed any help. She was a good friend.”

 

Uriah Rhaburn Sr.

“She was reaching for the stars. And she didn’t reach the star she wanted to go, but she reached heaven indeed because she is gone. She was very ambitious because she was working part-time to help herself through school. She was working at royal Catering part-time; this was her last week. And she was loved by everyone because she was like my daughter.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.

 

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