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Sep 14, 2020

Belize City Resident Knocked Down and Killed on Philip Goldson Highway

A Belize City resident was killed on impact this afternoon in the heavily trafficked area of mile two on the Philip Goldson Highway. Oliver Peters had just left a gas station and was cycling away when he was run over by a passenger bus.  Peters was flung off the cycle and landed on the pavement.  The bus was carrying about fourteen passengers when the mishap occurred. Here is News Five’s Isani Cayetano with a report.


Isani Cayetano, Reporting

A Belize City resident lost his life this afternoon when he was knocked down by a commuter bus near mile two on the Philip Goldson.  The victim, identified as Oliver Peters, reportedly rode his bicycle into oncoming traffic as he exited the nearby Puma Ramon’s Service Center compound.  A passenger onboard the outbound bus recounts the incident.


Voice of: Passenger/Witness

“I just sih that di bus, like ih swerve out, like ih mi wahn try when ih noh wahn knock down something, ih just haul out more fi knock it down but ih just… from deh yoh yer “bam!” like something just come een to di bus.  Just that.”


The sudden impact sent Peters flying onto the pavement, his bicycle was flung in another direction.  Gas attendants who witnessed the accident told News Five off-record that Peters was at the service station moments earlier and was leaving the location when the collision occurred.


Voice of: Passenger/Witness

“Ih mi deh park pan like, you know, when something di come, so he just di wait fi ih chance fi pass, right.  But ih look like di young bwai mi cyant wait, soh.  I noh know weh gaan on, I just yer bam, that’s it after that.”


Isani Cayetano

“Based on what you saw then, was there any immediate aid that was rendered to the person who got knocked down?”


Voice of: Passenger/Witness

“If dehn got person?  Yeah, yeah, dehn got some person right deh by round di gas station, [dehn] run and gaan check pan di young man.  Like weh happen, if ih alright or soh noh.  Just that and then we stop and check up, dehn got people from di bus weh gaan check up pan di man [fi] sih if ih alright.  But look like no response so.”


Peters’ outstretched body lay motionless on the asphalt.  Police responded to the scene a short while later, but it was a civilian who brought a white sheet to cover his remains.  Several other persons were also onboard the bus at the time of the incident.


Voice of: Passenger/Witness

“Bout fourteen people pan di bus and all ah dehn kinda frighten weh paat dehn deh, shock fu weh gaan ahn because, you know, because if dehn mi got anymore persons like me weh could tell you exactly weh gaan ahn, weh sih.”


Isani Cayetano

“Now my final question, was there any element of speeding on the part of the bus driver or were you guys moving at a moderate pace along the highway?”


Voice of: Passenger/Witness

“Well actually bout, maybe bout thirty miles or twenty-five miles per hour, dat da mi di speed because dehn had traffic front ah he, wahn next bus frontah ahn and dehn mi got vehicle pan di side so, soh ih mi cyant go di speed weh ih mi want, right.”


Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

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