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Jun 21, 2021

Guatemalan Laborer Knocked Down and Killed Near Maya King

Fitzroy Yearwood

In Southern Belize, a Guatemalan laborer lost his life on Sunday evening during a hit and run near Maya King.  Police responded to the location shortly after five p.m. where they   According to police, Rosa Martinez was driving a single-cab Toyota pickup along that stretch of road when Diaz reportedly swerved into her lane.  She reportedly attempted to swerve to avoid hitting him but was unsuccessful.  Diaz perished at the scene of the incident.  Martinez did not stop to render assistance to the victim and her damaged vehicle was subsequently located in Silk Grass Village.


ASP Fitzroy Yearwood, Communication Director, Belize Police Department

“At about 5:40 yesterday evening, police visited an area on the Southern Highway in the vicinity of Maya King, around mile twenty-one or twenty-two, where they saw a fifty-eight-year-old Mario Diaz suffering from head and body injuries.  His bicycle was not too far from him.  Our initial investigation revealed that he was hit by a black pickup.  We did intensive search in the area where the vehicle was located in Silk Grass Village.  A female was detained for that accident and the pickup had damages that would be consistent with a road traffic accident.”

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