Family of accident victim blames driver for taking his life
A tragic accident that occurred on Saturday, April twenty-eighth, has the family of Rafael Torres reeling with agony and anger. The twenty five year old butcher was riding his bicycle home when he was knocked down by a truck at the Western Highway roundabout entrance to Belize City. His sister, who asked to speak about the incident at the scene, says she believes it was driver error that caused the death of her brother.
Melonie Torres, Sister of Accident Victim
“He was right here. So people come out and they are talking to us and they want everybody picture how come that driver come this close because if he was almost to this edge, how come that truck had the power to hit him. So that driver was too close. So if da mi anybody mi deh deh, weh mi wah happen? That mi wah still happen. Whatever happen to my bredda, mi wah happen to another family and the family member mi wah di go through the pain weh we di go through. Now on his report he di say that the young man Torres handle knock his truck and thing. If it mi knock the truck, if he mi stop that moment, like we say when he drop, he neva mi dead. He drop like dah almost to the front of the truck. See this truck yah pass. He mi coulda see the truck pass and then my bredda mi deh more in. and then that big space he got, but that driver neva had a big space. So even if dah you mi even deh pan your bicycle, that truck mi wah hit you. And then he say dah the handle mi knock the truck. If the handle mi knock the truck, why he neva mi stop? He neva mi dead you know. He dead because of the impact and the knocking weh he get, he drop and eyewitness say he mi di try fi get up—fi balance and shub up—same time the truck continue and so the wheel run over his head.”
Normally the police would send out a notice of intended prosecution to the driver of a vehicle that may have caused the death of a person. Have the police informed you anything of this?”
“Well we gone dah the station—up and down dah the station—until yesterday when time yesterday they tell we that they release the drivers and so. From there we noh hear nothing else. They say they give ahn some kind a paper, but we di picture how he could manage fi knock my bredda down off of that bicycle. If he say the bicycle handle mi knock he, why he neva mi stop that moment? Everybody wah know; everybody di picture it.”
“He didn’t have to die.”
“He didn’t have to die.”