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Nov 13, 2019

One Man Injured in Accident on ‘S Curve’

Ernesto Lewis

Ernesto Lewis, better known as ‘Caddy’, was involved in a serious RTA on Tuesday night. His Nissan Altima car was totaled as an eighteen-wheeler crushed it at the Dead Man’s Curve in Teakettle Village, Cayo. The quick response from people in the area got Lewis out of his car by the time the ambulance arrived. Tonight he is hospitalized with serious injuries. Reporter Andrea Polanco has more in the following story.


Andrea Polanco, Reporting

Thirty-three-year-old Ernesto ‘Caddy’ Lewis Junior is in the hospital following a road traffic accident. Lewis was driving his car heading in the direction of Belmopan, approaching the ‘S Curve’ in Teakettle around seven-thirty on Tuesday night when an eighteen-wheeler truck driving in the opposite direction slammed into him head-on. Pablo Mendez lives around the ‘S Curve’ at mile fifty-three and fifty-four on the George Price Highway, where there are ongoing road works. He believes the loose gravel in the area is what sent the freightliner crashing into Lewis’ car. Mendez saw the accident unfold, heard the loud crash, and ran out to help.


Pablo Mendez, Eyewitness

“They just spread some gravel right and they have some signs that say twenty-five. When I saw the truck was pulling and come out of the curve, I see that it wobbled. I said, ‘It gone, it gone’ because I thought it was going to turn over but when I see ahead there, I saw a little truck coming. I said, ‘He is dead’ because with that big truck and a small car coming would be a cruel accident. So, when I heard the bang we ran out there and I saw the guy in the car, like he was choking. Another truck come and I told them to hurry put on the hazard for us to slow down traffic.”


Mendez, other villagers and passersby acted swiftly. They helped to rescue Lewis from inside his mangled car – they were surprised to find out that he was alive.


Pablo Mendez

Pablo Mendez

“When we went by the car we saw the person there and it was like he was snoring. The idea was to put him on his back to breathe, right. We tried to do that but the doors were so hard to open. More people came and we got a chain and started to do it with bars first when the van come and we put a chain and we pop off the door. But when the door came off, he was stuck in the car; the dash board got him down.  I thought he was dead. I thought he was going to die but we managed to help him and thank God when the ambulance got there, we put him in the ambulance and they took him.”


Lewis’ parents were at home getting ready for bed when they received the dreadful phone call and found out that their only son was involved in a car crash. When they arrived on the scene and saw the extent of the accident, they feared their son was dead. But fortunately for Lewis Junior, he survived the ‘Dead Man’s Curve’. He received multiple broken bones and is now hospitalized in Belize City. Today his parents are grateful and hope that he makes a quick recovery.


Ernesto Lewis Sr.

Ernesto Lewis Sr., Father of Accident Victim

“The car went crashed and went under the truck bottom. They had to pull it out with a white van because no way they could have reached him and when they pulled it out then community just come out and help. My wife was the strong one because I just couldn’t take it. I walked away to talk to friends so because I couldn’t see my son in that condition.”


Andrea Polanco

“His car was totally destroyed.”


Ernesto Lewis Sr.



According to Mendez, drivers are not heeding to the road signs and many are speeding around the deadly curve. He believes that speed bumps would help to reduce the number of accidents that happen at that spot.


Pablo Mendez

“The only thing we need around the S Curve is for them to respect the signs and we need two bumps there. I live there and if one of the trucks comes it will knock down my house or do some damage. So, we need two bumps there to help us or get transport to have the people respect the sign.”


Reporting for News Five, I’m Andrea Polanco.

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