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Feb 7, 2020

Well Known Businessman Richard Harrison Killed in Accident

Richard Harrison

The grieving family of Richard Harrison is beginning the painful preparations of his funeral in San Ignacio. The well-known businessman was killed on Thursday in a freak accident on the George Price Highway. Harrison was heading to Belmopan; he was killed when lumber from a flatbed truck landed on his vehicle. His sudden and tragic demise has caused reflection among his friends. Here is News Five’s Duane Moody with a report. 

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

The news spread like wildfire on Thursday afternoon that former politician and businessman Richard Harrison had perished in a road traffic accident in Ontario Village, Cayo District. Harrison was travelling in a black SUV near Prayer Mountain area on the George Price Highway when the incident occurred. Paramedics arrived to the scene shortly after, but Harrison could not be saved.

 

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“The police were called to the George Price Highway in the Prayer Mountain area where upon arrival; they saw a vehicle which was extensively damaged. And from the vehicle they removed the body of Mister Richard Harrison. He was attended to by medical practitioners and succumbed shortly thereafter.”

 

Harrison was travelling behind a flatbed truck carrying lumber; as the truck took the curve, the straps fastened to the load gave way flying into Harrison’s vehicle. The news of his tragic end still has Marlon Kuylen perplexed. He explains the irony of the traffic fatality involving one of his best friends.

 

Marlon Kuylen

Marlon Kuylen, Friend of Deceased

“I found out a few minutes after it happened. Someone that new Richard was one of my best friends called me right away and gave me the sad news. Of course it is a shock; it took a long while for it to sink in. And then of course the numbness that comes with it that I am still feeling as we speak. It is so ironic that Richard was adamant that he drive within the speed limit; in fact, fifty miles an hour, not even fifty-five. And if he was riding with me, he was always complaining that I was trying to get there too fast. It is ironic that he died in a road traffic accident.”

 

Commissioner of Police Chester Williams says that the police is investigating the fatal road traffic accident.

 

Chester Williams

Chester Williams

“The investigation at this time is still ongoing to be able to ascertain exactly what transpired. But again, it is an unfortunate situation and as the police we just need to do what needs to be done in terms of investigating and see where we need to go from there.”

 

Harrison was a father of two children, ages twenty and eighteen. Marlon Kuylen says that Harrison lived life like each day was his last.

 

Marlon Kuylen

“As a friend, he gave selflessly to his friends, his family and to his country. He was as stubborn as a mule, very strong in his convictions. And in all his initiatives and his endeavours, he did everything with such a passion and he jumped head first into whatever that he was about to do. What I’d like to remember him most by is that he always encouraged people to live to their full potential.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.


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