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Jun 6, 2005

Five dead in three traffic mishaps

Story PictureThree days after it occurred, police are still not certain what caused the accident on Friday evening on the Western Highway that killed sixty-seven year old John Frampton Senior, B.D.F. private Beverley Roches, and two-year-old Shanine Avila. According to authorities, their initial investigations reveal that Frampton was riding a motorcycle heading east towards Belize City and the B.D.F. truck was heading west towards Cayo, and somewhere between miles eight and nine, both vehicles collided. According to a B.D.F. spokesperson, their truck was carrying a total of nine occupants, including the driver. The passengers on board were soldiers of the regular and volunteer element, while the child was the daughter of one of the female soldiers. According to the B.D.F., the vehicle was transporting food to Camp Belizario in the Cayo District for a training exercise that was scheduled to take place over the weekend. The army says that both the truck and motorcycle were travelling in their correct lanes but as they got closer the bike suddenly swerved into the path of their vehicle. According to reports, Frampton and his bike went under the truck and the collision caused the vehicle’s wheels to swerve and the driver lost control. The truck spun three times before it overturned. Frampton received severe head and body injuries and died on the spot. Both Roches and the child also died at the scene.

Around an hour later, police responded to another accident call, also involving the death of a motorcyclist, this time on the Northern Highway. Forty-year-old Robert Mossiah told police that he was driving his Toyota car when upon reaching mile four he knocked down a man who was riding a scooter in the opposite direction. The cyclist, identified as twenty-six year old Raymond Maskall, received head and body injuries and was transported in a critical condition to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where he died around five on Saturday evening. Police investigations continue.

Investigations also continue into another fatal traffic accident that occurred on Saturday evening that claimed the life of a young man from Benque Viejo. According to police, around four that evening, nineteen-year-old Trinidad de la Fuente was driving a Toyota pickup on the Hummingbird Highway but apparently lost control as the vehicle approached the Roaring River Bridge and the vehicle overturned several times. When police arrived at the scene of the accident, they found the pickup extensively damaged on the right hand side of the road. A passenger inside the vehicle, twenty-one year old Alvaro Guadalupe Tuyud, received only minor injuries and was discharged from the hospital.

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