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Mar 17, 2015

11 year old Stella Maris Student Knocked Down In Ladyville, Remains Comatose at K.H.M.H.

Austin Olivera Jr.

A young boy lies in critical condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital tonight. The eleven year old student of the Stella Maris School was hit by a vehicle this morning in front of the Sky Supermarket in Ladyville as he headed to Belize City to attend classes. After Austin Olivera was knocked down, whether deliberately or unintentionally, the driver of the vehicle continued on the highway and had to be flagged down by police. Olivera sustained severe injuries to the head and is fighting for his life. News Five’s Isani Cayetano reports.


Isani Cayetano, Reporting

Eleven-year-old Austin Olivera, a student living with a disability, was knocked down this morning on the Phillip Goldson Highway, near its intersection with the Airport Road.  The near fatal accident reportedly happened shortly after eight o’clock, as he was crossing the highway to catch a bus en route to Belize City.


Austin Olivera Sr.

Austin Olivera Sr., Parent of Injured Child

“He was on his way to school. I worked last night and I came off this morning and when I was at home about ten past eight, the neighbor come and called me and he said, “Yoh son get knocked down.  He’s at the B.D.F. hospital.”  So urgently I jumped into my vehicle and went over to the B.D.F. hospital but on my way over there when I got there they told me that he had already come down in the ambulance.”


Austin, who was in the company of another child, was hit by a minivan traveling in the opposite direction.  The sudden impact flung him a distance away where he remained in a semi-conscious state.


Frederick Gordon

Insp. Frederick Gordon, Rural Executive Officer

“Our information received is that he is in a serious condition.  The driver of the vehicle, one Mr. Errol Belisle, sixty-two-years-old of Belize City, he reported to the police that he was driving in the direction from Ladyville towards Sand Hill’s direction and upon reaching in front of Sky [City] Supermarket here in Ladyville the minor was running across the road where the minor was knocked down.”


The Stella Maris student received multiple injuries.


Insp. Frederick Gordon

“I understand that, I’m not sure, one or two of his feet.  He received severe, severe injuries to his feet and also received head injuries.  He was in a semi-conscious formation.”


According to the father, witnesses described to him what they saw as a potential hit and run incident, had they not intervened by calling the police.


Austin Olivera Sr.

“So when I got here they’re explaining to me and telling me that the vehicle that hit the child was a van.  The guy was from Belize City here but they did not release the name.  But probably what happened [is that] he hit the child as he was leaving the site and what happened [was that] the people on the spot there saw the vehicle and, probably, I don’t know how they got in touch with the police and probably the police get the guy.  They get the guy and they had the guy there.  They didn’t release any name, who da di guy weh actually done this thing but according to the information, dah sohn guys from the cable company pick up di child and ker ahn da hospital because this guy was going.  So I cyant understand how he wahn knock this child and actually lef ahn deh.”


Isani Cayetano

“Have you guys ascertained whether or not the driver of the vehicle was speeding or driving in accordance with the speed limit?”


Insp. Frederick Gordon

“Well we are investigating the matter and we are also looking at that aspect of the investigation but the matter is under investigation at this time.”


Meanwhile, the driver of the vehicle, Errol Belisle, has been served with a notice of intended prosecution. Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

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