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Mar 23, 2020

A Fatal Accident on Melinda Road

Shon Dee Emmanuel

A traffic accident claimed one life in southern Belize. A Hope Creek resident perished on the Melinda Road when he was heading to work. Shon Dee Emmanuel was riding his bicycle when he was hit by a truck. The driver of the vehicle has been served with a notice of intended prosecution. News Five’s Andrea Polanco spoke his family and has the following report.


Andrea Polanco, Reporting

Twenty-two-year-old Shon Dee Emmanuel of Hope Creek Village was knocked down and killed on the Melinda Road on Friday afternoon just before one-thirty. Emmanuel’s mother, Rhoda Duncan, says that he travels on that road frequently. On that day he was riding his bike heading to work.


Rhoda Duncan, Mother of the Deceased

“My son he mi gwein go work with a guy from the village at Marie Sharp and that is the reason why he was on the Melinda Road that day he met his untimely death and he was working.”


Andrea Polanco

“He always rides along that road since he works in that area?”


Rhoda Duncan

“Well, he always rides that road because when he wah come look for me in Dangriga, he takes the Melinda Road. So, when I went there I said oh my baby was coming to see me. But after that I got to find out that he was going by Marie Sharp to do a work with a man in the village. But he always use the Melinda Road than use the highway.”


Alejandro Cowo

On Friday, Emmanuel was riding his bike when he caught in a road traffic accident with an eighteen-wheeler truck.  Police arrived on the scene around one-thirty-five that afternoon.


Supt. Alejandro Cowo, O.C., C.I.B., Eastern Division

“Police were called to the Melinda Road where they observed a blue in color freightliner truck and beside the truck was a bicycle and the motionless body of a male person. What we understand is that the driver of the truck was heading towards the highway when the bicycle collided into the truck and as a result the male person sustained injuries to the body and he was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.”


Today, Rhoda Duncan says she is still processing the tragedy but she is holding on to the memories she has of her son. The last time she saw him about five days before the fatal accident.


Rhoda Duncan

Rhoda Duncan

“Shon was never lazy. He was very respectful to everybody. As a mother, Shon Dee made me proud. He was doing so, so well. Shon Dee came by my house on the Sunday and by the Friday he met his untimely death. He personally tell me, he said, ‘Mommy, I will go down to town and I gwein with you to church. He said, ‘I wah mek yuh proud, mommy. I wah mek yuh proud.’ He made me so happy in the last days. It is sad and it hurts. It hurts.”


Police say the driver of the truck was served with a notice of intended prosecution. The investigation is still ongoing to determine if and what charges will be levied against the driver.


Supt. Alejandro Cowo

“He was detained and a notice of intended prosecution was served on him.”



“Do you have any ideas of which of the two parties may have caused the accident?”


Supt. Alejandro Cowo

“Well, that is a part of the investigation. I believe the police know at this moment but it will be disclosed – after they decided whether someone will be charged or not.”


Reporting for News Five, I’m Andrea Polanco.

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