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Jan 18, 2016

Calvin Cumberbatch to be Charged for Double Fatalities in RTA

Well-known Belize City moneylender Pamela Bennett and Burrell Boom resident Alfredo Navarette perished in a road traffic accident along the Phillip Goldson Highway over the New Year’s weekend.  During the head-on collision the Toyota Tundra in which Bennett was traveling slammed into an oncoming vehicle driven by the elderly Navarette.  The pickup truck was being driven at the time by Bennett’s husband, Calvin Cumberbatch.  While Bennett and Navarette died instantly, Cumberbatch was hospitalized for injuries sustained during the accident.  A police investigation however, has indicated that Cumberbatch was at fault and charges are expected to be brought against him.  This morning, Senior Superintendent Broaster gave an update on that situation.


Edward Broaster

Sr. Supt. Edward Broaster, Regional Commander, Rural Eastern Division

“As it relates to the fatal [traffic accident] on New Year’s Day we are expecting Mr. Cumberbatch to come in today to Ladyville Police Station where he will be charged for those fatalities.”



“So he was found to be at fault in that incident?”


Sr. Supt. Edward Broaster

“He will be charged based on the evidence and the investigation that we’ve carried out, yes.”



“Was it ascertained that it was speeding, drinking and under the influence?”


Sr. Supt. Edward Broaster

“We cannot say whether or not he was speeding.  At this time we have not gotten back the toxicology report regarding his alcoholic, blood concentration.  Nevertheless, the investigation is indicating that he is the person at fault in the accident and caused the accident.”

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