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Jul 2, 2019

Young B.D.F. Volunteer Perishes in Hit & Run

Charles Bell Jr.

A young B.D.F. volunteer perished hours after he was hit on the George Price Highway by a vehicle whose driver did not stop to render assistance. Twenty-year-old Charles Bell Junior was a resident of Blackman Eddy; at about seven-thirty on Monday night, he was travelling on motorcycle heading to Esperanza village, when he was hit by a van.  Bell Junior was thrown off his motorcycle and suffered head trauma when he landed on the right side of the road. Efforts to save him were unsuccessful and the young volunteer succumbed at the K.H.M.H. Here is Duane Moody with a report.


Duane Moody, Reporting

Twenty-year-old Charles Bell Junior was riding a motorcycle heading towards San Ignacio when he was struck from behind by a white minivan with taxi license plate number 00488. The B.D.F. volunteer had just knocked off from work at Camp Belizario in Central Farm when he was hit by the vehicle near the entrance to Running W Meats on the George Price Highway. The vehicle did not stop to render assistance and Bell Junior was later found by police with severe head injuries on the pavement.


Voice of: Meisha Myers, Sister of Deceased

“He was coming off from work when something hit him and from there I am not so sure what happened; how he got to the hospital, but we went to the Cayo hospital. From there, he was transported to Belmopan; they dressed his wounds and straight to Belize City we went. It’s so sad mien for someone to do something like this. I don’t know who is in the wrong because we haven’t heard something so far, but mien, at twenty to lose your life…mien. And he was a good boy; everyone knew him, he was respectable, he was very loved.”


The incident occurred around seven-thirty p.m.; five hours later, Bell Junior succumbed to his injuries at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize City. According to Meisha Myers, her brother didn’t regain consciousness from the point he was discovered on the road.


Voice of: Meisha Myers

“He didn’t have any injuries from his head go down; one scrape on his knee. His whole face was swollen; his mouth was swollen. I think they said that most of his teeth had fallen out. He couldn’t breathe on his own; it was his lungs, they said, that couldn’t handle the pressure and that failed and that is when he passed away. They tried their best but they couldn’t do nothing more.”


Police have since impounded a white van and detained its driver.


Voice of: Charles Bell Sr., Father of Deceased

“Dehn say dehn got a license plate from a vehicle weh supposed to be; but they have to inspect it. That’s as far as we know. It very hard mien. We take it hard. I noh have no hard feelings against the person too cause I dah wah driver too and anything could happen. But then at least ih coulda own up to it and at least stop and assist ahn cause we noh know how long ih mussi mi deh pan the road before dehn find ahn.”


Bell Junior was to turn twenty-one on September eighth and according to his sister, from an early age, he dreamt of becoming a B.D.F. soldier and to build his own house. While he was enlisted with the force for almost three years, his life has been cut short and his dreams will never be realized.


Voice of: Meisha Myers

“It is really sad because he is young yet; he had so much he wanted to do in life. He enjoyed being in the B.D.F.; that was his main thing. From he was thirteen; he was interested in it; that was all he wanted to do. He talked about that every day. When he would come off work, he would go visit me and sit down, watch TV and tell me about his day and what all he had to do and what all he wanted to do in life. He was saving his little money to build his house; that is what he wanted to have his own house.”


A post-mortem is scheduled for later this week. Duane Moody for News Five.

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