Fatal Accident on Northern Highway
A fatal accident occurred at around seven o’clock on Wednesday night on the Northern Highway in Belize City. A man was killed when he was hit by a pickup truck coming from the direction of the Haulover Bridge into Belize City and it was not until this afternoon that the victim was identified as, Serafin Acosta. He was flung several feet away by the impact and died instantly. Acosta’s body was transported over an hour later to the K.H.M.H. The 2012 Great Wall Wingle was found on the extreme right of the highway with damages to the hood and left front indicator while the bumper was ripped off. News Five was on the scene on Wednesday night and Duane Moody has the story.
Duane Moody, Reporting
Vehicles were backed up on the Northern Highway at mile three and a half in front of Belize Tractor Parts Limited. The body of a Hispanic male later identified as Serafin Acosta laid lifeless in the middle of the road. According to police, Acosta was hit by this white 2012 Great Wingle coming into Belize City. He was flung in the air and then landed in the middle of the highway; sustaining injuries to his head and body.
“I see the man mi di come across the road and dehn just mi wah holler for the man and ask ahn if ih want a plate of food and then ih just mi di come across and I see the vehicle knock him down. The man only mi di cross the street and when the vehicle mi di come under speed and ih just knock ahn down and it bring ahn way up deh. He knock ahn down far and then he bring the old man straight deh.”
Residents in the area say that while they didn’t know Acosta by name, he was frequently seen walking the highway. Witness, Delmi Lopez, who spoke to News Five off-camera, says that Acosta did not have relatives living in Belize.
“The old man; well I noh know his name, but I know him a good while; good while I know he.”
“He doesn’t have family here?”
Voice of: Delmi Lopez
“Well I noh think so; he noh have no kinda family.”
“Is he always on this road, crossing the streets, the highway like that?”
Voice of: Delmi Lopez
“I always see him walking on the way, but I neva see he crossing the road and things like that.”
The driver of the pickup truck, thirty-five year old Nigel Matus was travelling with his wife and another passenger when the incident happened. He has since been served with a notice of intended prosecution. Duane Moody for News Five.