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Dec 12, 2017

Wall Crash Won’t Stop Civic Show

The new Civic Center on Central American Boulevard is scheduled to be launched this Wednesday, two years and three months after the old facility was broken down to make way for the new state-of-the-art facility. The government says that the price tag is thirty-two million dollars, but in other sectors, it is said that that figure has been busted.  But even as the last minute touching up was taking place, a vehicle crashed into the fence on Monday night causing damage to the wall. News Five’s Isani Cayetano reports.

 

Isani Cayetano, Reporting

Final preparations for the official launch of the newly reconstructed Civic Center wrapped up this evening, ahead of a ceremony to be held on Wednesday in Belize City.  But while keen attention was being paid to minute details on the ground, a team of masons was busy plastering several rows of concrete blocks into the barrier at the front of the compound facing Central American Boulevard.  That’s because a grey vehicle, bearing license plate numbers C-47966, slammed into the low-slung wall on Monday night, after swerving onto the sidewalk at considerable speed.  The impact of the collision crumbled the fence and sent the car into the grassy area nearby, its front extensively damaged.  News Five understands that the driver of the vehicle, a resident of Mopan Street, came out of the crash unscathed.  The accident is reminiscent of a similar crash earlier this year when a vehicle smashed into the guardrail on the southern approach of the Chetumal Street Bridge.  That incident, along with the most recent pileup, continues to raise questions about charges, as well as cost of damages being levied upon motorists who destroy public property in such manner.  According to police, once the driver of the vehicle has been charged for the traffic offense, the respective insurance company is then responsible to cover the cost of damages.  In this case it is unclear what the cost of repair is.  What we do know is that the matter was dealt with expeditiously, just before Wednesday’s inauguration. Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

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