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May 22, 2018

Hit and Run Claims Silvia Zavala on George Price Highway

Silvia Zavala

A mother of three was knocked off her motorcycle and killed on Friday night as she made her way home from work near Cotton Tree Village. Silvia Zavala was on the George Price Highway when a vehicle slammed into her cycle and fled the scene. Police quickly arrested and charged the driver of Camalote Village. News Five’s Andrea Polanco tells us more about the fatal hit and run accident.


Andrea Polanco, Reporting

Thirty-year-old Silvia Zavala was driving her motorcycle between miles forty-six and forty-seven on the George Price Highway when she was knocked off her motorcycle and killed just after seven on Friday night. According to Diesy Ayala, for the past sixteen months, her sister Siliva would travel back and forth from home in Armenia to work, driving along the highway to her work place in the Cotton Tree area. She was heading home from work that night.


Deisy Zavala Ayala

Deisy Zavala Ayala, Sister of Deceased

“She was going home. She was finishing doing her job.”


Andrea Polanco

“Is this an area that she travels every day?”


Deisy Zavala Ayala

“Yes. She used to be traveling from way by Armenia to her job like twenty-minutes on her cycle.”


Police responded to the hit and run – and there they found Silvia already dead. The driver who knocked her off her cycle had fled the scene. Police have since arrested and charged taxi operator Earl Wright in connection with the fatal accident.


Joseph Myvett

ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch

“Police investigation into this matter revealed that she was traveling from Cotton Tree en route to Belmopan direction when she was knocked down by a vehicle which did not stop. Our information into this matter led to the detention of one Earl Wright, forty-six-year-old taxi driver of Camalote village who has since been arrested and charged for manslaughter by negligence, causing death by careless conduct and failure to stop and render aid.”


Deisy says she always feared for her sister’s safety on the highway. She says Silvia was always careful when driving. She maintained her cycle in proper working condition, fitted with reflectors and other safety components. Silvia, according to her family, always wore a helmet while driving her cycle – but that was never recovered from the scene of the accident.


Earl Wright

Deisy Zavala Ayala

“Yes it was a shock for me because that day we went to the market and around ten I received the notice. I couldn’t believe that. I still don’t believe it. She told me that the whole week she would be coming out of her work around 7 o’clock. I told her to be very careful on that cycle on the road and she tells me, “Sister, don’t worry. I always tell God to guide me and let me reach home safe.’ Those were her words every-time and I every time keep trying and helping her in everything.”


Reporting for News Five, I’m Andrea Polanco.

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