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Nov 1, 2021

Alcohol Possible Factor in Fatal Accident in Concepcion

Communications Director, Fitzroy Yearwood, also gave details of a traffic accident in Concepcion Village on Thursday night. As we previously reported, Police Constable Lazaro Catch was driving in the area when he allegedly knocked down Ezekiel Bermudez. To make matters worse, a second vehicle ran over Bermudez moments later.  An eyewitness alleges the police officer appeared to be under the influence. It’s an angle that is being investigated.


ASP Fitzroy Yearwood, Communications Director, Belize Police Department

“On Thursday twentieth of October, around seven ten p.m., police officers responded to a scene in Concepcion village, Corozal District, where they saw the driver of a vehicle, Lazaro Catch, police constable, he was the driver of a Geo Prism. He explained that while driving, he knocked down Ezekiel Bermudez, thirty-five year old Belizean, who was riding a bicycle on the highway. That person fell from the bicycle, he ran over the person with his Geo Prism car, and, a vehicle that was travelling behind him. Driven at the time by Juan Rivas, custom broker, that vehicle also ran over Mr. Bermudez body while he was on the ground. Second vehicle dragged the body for about thirty feet. So he was transported to the Corozal Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead. NIP has been served on both drivers, and the investigators are still trying to determine who and when the person will be charged.”



“An eyewitness on the scene says, his impression was that the officer was under the influence of alcohol. It was alleged, he was seen urinating behind his vehicle right in the aftermath of the accident, and that beer pints were in the vehicle, that sort of thing.”


ASP Fitzroy Yearwood

“Of course if alcohol is determined to be a factor, then you know that charges will be levied on him for that consumption of alcohol while operating a motor vehicle.”

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