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Aug 1, 2011

Accidental death when motorcycles collide on highway

Fitzroy Yearwood

There was another traffic fatality on Sunday evening, this time on the Old Northern Highway. Two motorcycles collided head on as Luis Zetina was travelling from Maskal Village and Winston Dawson was heading in the opposite direction. Ladyville police responded to the report of the accident, but when they arrived on the scene, Zetina, a thirty-three year old farmer of Corozalito Village, had already succumbed to head injuries. His body was found on the side of the road next to his extensively damaged motorcycle.

Sgt. Fitzroy Yearwood, Police Press Officer

“Our investigators arrived on the scene sometime around four-fifteen on yesterday’s date. They visited mile thirty-seven on the Old Northern Highway, like you rightfully mentioned in St. Ann’s Village where they saw one Luis Zetina and Winston Dawson who—one was driving a black motorbike and the other on a blue motorbike, Yamaha. They had a head on collision where Zetina lost his life on the spot and Dawson was transported to the KHMH. We are still investigating this matter because, as you know, Dawson is listed in a serious condition.”

Delahnie Bain

“Is there an indication as yet—we know it’s very popular with motorcycles—if speeding was involved?”

Sgt. Fitzroy Yearwood

“We’re not certain because it’s bright, it’s still daylight. At four p.m. it’s fairly bright. So we would want to lean our investigation towards maybe speeding as one of the factors and probably road conditions.  As a driver, as a motorist, exercise all precautions and observe the road rules especially when it comes to speed; especially with the traffic accident involving the two motorbikes. You had to be travelling at some speed to cause that kind of impact. And while you’re driving you’re motor vehicle, this is the rainy season; you will see a lot of wet roads because of the rainy conditions and we know that when it rains in Belize our highways get slippery. Just be careful, that’s all I can advise you to do and make sure that you check your vehicles as often as possible, especially if it’s something you use on the road a lot.”

While the family of Luis Zetina are grieving their loss, the Dawson family is hoping for a speedy recovery.

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