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Aug 10, 2020

Elderly Man Knocked Down and Killed By G.S.U. Officer

There was a traffic fatality in Belize City on Saturday at midday. An elderly man was killed when a GSU vehicle ran over him on Morning Glory Street. Calvin Wright had fallen on the street and had not been able to get up when he was hit by a vehicle driven by PC Terrence Sutherland. Wright was rushed to the hospital, but succumbed. Sutherland is facing charges, including one for manslaughter by negligence. News Five’s Hipolito Novelo spoke with a friend of Wright about his demise.

 

Hipolito Novelo reporting

Sixty-eight-year-old Calvin Wright was tragically killed on Saturday morning. A vehicle driven by a member of the Gang Suppression Unit ran him over on Morning Glory Street, Belize City.  It was eleven-fifteen a.m. when his life was ended.

 

Hilberto Romero

Sr. Supt. Hilberto Romero, Deputy Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch

“P.C. Terrence Sutherland  was driving a police mobile on Morning Glory Street in Belize City when he ran over a male person who was seated on the road. The male person was thereafter taken to the K.H.M.H. for treatment where he died thereafter.”

 

Wright was reportedly in the middle of the street. The elderly man had fallen and remained seat on the ground.

 

Anthony Tasher

Anthony Tasher, Friend of Deceased

“I was home when a friend came and tell me, Ash Mister Mac just got knocked down. When I went there the body was already leave from the hospital and went to the hospital. All I found was an old tennis, one foot too, an old tennis that I gave him. That is all I found there. He got a little problem. It looks like he had a weak in the knee or something because sometimes when he walks, he either gets tired and he tumbles down or he trips. That is one of the problems that he has.  He can’t get up right away when he tremble down.”

 

One resident told News Five that Wright would walk Morning Glory Street on a daily basis. He would often fall and her children would give him a help handing to get back on his feet. This time, however, no one was there to assist.  But how is it that the driver of the GSU vehicle, P.C. Terrence Sutherland did not see a human being seated in the middle of the street in the middle of the day?

 

Anthony Tasher

“Sometime it got you the wonder if they were coming in a little high speed when they when they hauled that lane, whatsoever.”

 

Sr. Supt. Hilberto Romero

“Yes it is an accident. In investigation was conducted and that led to the charge.  Again it was an accident, the police were doing patrol in tht at are at the time and PC Sutherland ran over that person.”

 

P.C. Sutherland has been charged with drove motor vehicle without due care and attention, manslaughter by negligence and causing death by careless conduct. Reporting for News Five, I am Hipolito Novelo.


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