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Sep 13, 2017

Father of 9 Killed Along Belmopan Ring Road in Traffic Mishap

Jose Cucul

A father of nine perished in a traffic accident at the intersection of Cemetery Road and East Ring Road in the nation’s capital.  The accident happened on Tuesday afternoon and landed Jose Cucul in a drain on the right side of the road. Cucul was knocked down when he made a left turn on his bike in the path of Katherine Penner of Camalote Village who was driving a blue Honda Odyssey van. He sustained injuries to his head and body and was rushed to the Western Regional Hospital where he succumbed. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.


Duane Moody, Reporting

Just after midday on Tuesday a father of nine lost his life in a traffic accident on the Ring Road in Belmopan. Jose Cucul was heading home from work for lunch on his bicycle when he was knocked down by Katherine Penner who was driving a Honda Odyssey van. The impact sent Cucul several feet away to the pavement. The ordeal was witnessed by a family friend who stood near the intersection with Cemetery Road.


Dominga Oh, Witness

“About twenty after twelve I was standing at the stop where I always stop to cross the street. But I see a lot of vehicles from the next side and vehicles from my left so I stand up and wait for me to pass. But the man was coming home for lunch and he was passing; he was almost crossing his way but the vehicle was coming in speed and that’s why ih just bang the person and then fly on top of me [over me] and I just right from his head, right in the drain. His bike is about two feet from him.  So he was crossing the Ring Road…he was riding, he was crossing coming home. Yes she stopped. Yes she stopped because it was a lady that was driving the van. She stopped on where the accident happened. She stopped.”


Duane Moody

“So he was flung a distance from where the impact?”


Dominga Oh

“Yes it is a distance from where ih bounce. The cycle was mash up and the vehicle from the windshield from the lady was all broke up, crash up. It was just like a ball that bang ih just fly on top of me. I just close my eyes and I opened my eyes and I open my eyes and I see that he fling ina di drain.”


Cucul was rushed to the Western Regional Hospital with severe head and body injuries, but succumbed while receiving treatment. It is a most tragic end for the breadwinner of the family, who say that they need assistance to lay him to rest.


Dominga Oh

Dominga Oh

“He has a lot of small kids; there is a six month old one that…left all of his family that are small yet…sixteen, seventeen—they are not even eighteen yet. It is a family that have a hard time to find money right now. It is hard especially when you are single person. It is difficult to raise a kid by yourself.  When you have a father or two persons to won, the husband will bring it. But right now, nobody will bring anything for them. They are depending on what the husband was bringing home. I just wish and hope the lady will feel it in her heart that she will help the family.”


As investigations continue into this fatal RTA, Penner, a resident of Camalote Village, has since been served with a notice of intended prosecution. Duane Moody for News Five.

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1 Response for “Father of 9 Killed Along Belmopan Ring Road in Traffic Mishap”

  1. abendigo says:

    it is sad what happen but the insurance company must be held liable and compensate the family

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