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Nov 13, 2019

Retired B.D.F. Soldier Myron Martinez Succumbs After Weekend Collision

Myron Martinez

Retired Belize Defense Force soldier Myron Martinez passed away at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital this afternoon, following a road traffic accident on the Phillip Goldson Highway in the early hours of November ninth.  Martinez, who was employed with the Belize Ports Authority, was returning home to Lord’s Bank Village on Saturday morning when he crashed into a trailer transporting a wooden house.  The impact of the collision totaled the Mitsubishi Montero that the father of three was driving, causing him to suffer massive brain injury when he hit his head during the pileup.  The incident happened several hundred yards away from the Ladyville Police Station and Martinez had to be rescued from the vehicle by a group of British soldiers stationed at Price Barracks.  It was later discovered that the driver of the tow truck transporting the structure was twenty-five-year-old Athlee Gentle, an employee of Caribbean Home Export.  According to an incident report filed with Ladyville police, the house that Gentle was transporting had clipped a wire attached to a nearby lamppost causing several sheets of zinc on the roof to lift.  When he stopped to further inspect the damages, Martinez collided into the trailer moments later.  As mentioned in our story on Monday, Gentle violated traffic regulations by transporting the house outside of the prescribed daylight hours while there is clear visibility on the road, however, he was simply served with a notice of intended prosecution and released.  This evening, Martinez’s grieving family is looking to the Belize Police Department for answers.  Cynthia Martinez says that investigators failed the family when they fell short of bringing charges against Gentle.

 

Cynthia Martinez

Cynthia Martinez, Wife of Deceased

“Nobody come visit di man.  From he get eena di accident nobody noh come cohn sih ahn.  Ah noh get no report from di police dah weh happen.  Di person weh mi di tow di house, nothing.  Nobody cohn visit we, from di Saturday up to today day nobody come visit.  Now di man passed away 3:37, this afternoon he passed away.  So I wahn know what the police have fi tell me, what da di ansa weh dehn have fi me and di person weh mi di tow di house or di company what dehn have fi offer because I end up with wahn big bill from Saturday to today day and so much expense weh I gaan through up and down di road fi cohn tend to my husband.  I left my worksite because I have to deh da hospital every day.  From six inna di morning I deh eenya til seven or seven-thirty.  I have to tek my kids dehn home fi somebody fu stay with dehn home fu come down back da Belize fu deh with ahn.  So I wahn know what the police department have fu seh bout this accident ya. My husband just retire from B.D.F., one year and change.  He do twenty-four years eena B.D.F. fi mek fi he life just go like that man.  That da simpleness with dehn people.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“It would seem as if though the police department has disappointed you guys based on the investigation that should have been conducted into this accident.”

 

Cynthia Martinez

“Yes, ih very disappointing because from di beginning he get eena accident and dehn neva check fu ID, dehn neva check fu identify dis man ya.  Da di white people dehn haftu bring this man ya.  Dehn noh do nothing, dehn noh call ambulance, dehn noh do nothing.”


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