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Apr 7, 2008

One dead, two injured in traffic accident

Story PictureLoss of life this weekend was not confined to gunfire, as on Friday night Coney Drive became the scene of a deadly traffic accident. News Five’s Janelle Chanona has the details.

Janelle Chanona, Reporting
This was the scene around seven on Friday night.

According to witnesses, around six-thirty, nineteen year old Zhi Heng Deng, also known as “Dennis” was driving his Lexus sports car on Coney Drive heading towards Princess Margaret Drive when he lost control of the vehicle. The car turned over several times, spilt a lamp post in three and landed wheels up in an empty lot.

Zhi, his twenty-one year old cousin from Corozal, Wei Hao Deng, also known as Josh, and sixteen year old Gabriela Rivero suffered severe head and body injuries. Josh was declared dead at the scene but Dennis and Gabriela were cut from the car and rushed the short distance to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.

Today as friends and family members gathered at the morgue, they made tentative plans for Josh’s burial and organised a blood drive for Dennis.

Radha Babani, Friend
“All of us are trying to gather our friends from school to give blood to donate for him.”

Janelle Chanona
“How is he doing?”

Radha Babani
“He’s in a stable condition and like because he has internal bleeding and stuff so we di try get some people to give blood for him. These are our friends from school.”

Janelle Chanona
“What blood type are you asking for?”

Radha Babani
“O and A.”

Janelle Chanona
“O and A? Has he been able to speak with you all?”

Radha Babani

Janelle Chanona
“And the female passenger?”

Radha Babani
“Yeah. She could walk and everything but she could speak with us and everything already.”

Janelle Chanona
“She doesn’t remember what happened?”

Radha Babani
“Sort of. She doesn’t remember all of it but I think she has her memory because she could have given us her number and everything to call her family.”

Janelle Chanona
“Were you all out there that night?”

Radha Babani
“Well, they call me and told me it happened so I went there with my friends to check what happened to them. when we got there they were still in vehicle.”

As the reality of the deadly accident sinks in, friends say Josh’s death may prevent others in the future.

Voice of Camile Bodden, Friend
“I was like his nother brother, I took him personal like that.”

Janelle Chanona
“What has this accident taught you personally?”

Camile Bodden
“Well, this accident taught me personally that we should be very careful and precautious because life is, life is, life could end any day. It can be today, tomorrow and you just have be very careful in what you are doing and protect yourself, show lots of responsibility.”

While official investigations have not been completed, speed is believed to have played a significant role in the crash and authorities do plan to file charges against the driver. Sources tell News Five, the deceased Josh was scheduled to leave Belize today to visit his ailing father in mainland China. Reporting for News Five, I am Janelle Chanona.

Viewers please note: This Internet newscast is a verbatim transcript of our evening television newscast. Where speakers use Kriol, we attempt to faithfully reproduce the quotes using a standard spelling system.

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