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Apr 10, 2012

Belize City mechanic remanded on numerous charges for fatal accident

Deon Spencer

On Saturday night a Hattieville resident was killed in a fatal traffic accident a stone’s throw away from his house. According to police, around eight-forty five that night they discovered the body of thirty-three year old Deon Spencer near mile seventeen on the western highway. Spencer, who suffered head and body injuries, was riding his bike in the direction of Belize City when he was knocked down by an SUV driven by thirty-two year old Julian Martinez. It was said that Spencer would always make regular trips in the village on his bike.


Shawn Banner, Sister-in-law of the Deceased

“Afta when my husband mi ker me out deh so and I see ih mi laid out on the street side so; the highway.”


Andrea Polanco

“Do you know anything about the accident itself? What happened?”


Shawn Banner

Shawn Banner

“No they just said like a vehicle knocked him down. He was riding on a bicycle.”


Andrea Polanco

“So when you saw him, to which areas of the body was the injuries?”


Shawn Banner

“I neva did see ih body. When I get there, he was already covered with a sheet or something. He died on the spot.”


Andrea Polanco

“So you guys haven’t heard anything about the accident itself; what caused it?”


Shawn Banner

“Nothing. Police or nobody come back yah come say anything and dah yah ih live.”


Andrea Polanco

“Do you know where Deon was going; what he was doing at that time?”


Shawn Banner

“No I noh know weh ih go. I just see when I come from my village, I see him going through the gate. I hail ahn, ih bredda hail ahn and he say like that—ih just wave ih hand and do so. I noh know weh ih gwen and ih noh wah tell yo cause ih no live with me.”


Andrea Polanco

“So he would usually maybe go out on his bike and circle around the village?”


Shawn Banner

“Yeah cause dah yah dah weh ih live—Hattieville dah ih village.”


Andrea Polanco

“So again what day and what time did all of this happen?”


Shawn Banner

“Well dah mi Holy Saturday like after 8:30 round that time deh dah night. I noh know if dah shop ih mi gwen because people say ih mi have ice. So I nuh know.”


Julian Martinez has since been arrested and charged with driving a motor vehicle without due care and attention; manslaughter by negligence; causing death by careless conduct; and driving a motor vehicle with alcohol concentration above the prescribed limit. In court, no plea was taken and there was no objection to bail. Chief Magistrate Ann Marie Smith, however, denied bail and remanded Martinez to prison until May twenty-eighth.


And in the village of Sarteneja up north, a one year old was killed on Sunday afternoon in another traffic fatality.  Twenty year old Luis Tzul reportedly hit Bryden Chan, who he claims, ran in front of his pick-up truck in the vicinity of a bar in the village. The one year old was rushed to the hospital in Corozal Town but did not survive the head and body injuries. Tzul has been detained by the police.

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7 Responses for “Belize City mechanic remanded on numerous charges for fatal accident”

  1. lino says:

    How many times these cyclists act like they own the whole road and cars must stop or swerve into incoming traffic for them? I am not saying this guy did that but it happens from time to time and it is bound to happen-If I am on a bike and traffic is coming, I don’t care about my right to the road-I care about my life so I will bow to the car and jump off the street until it passes-just to be sure and safe.

  2. TL says:

    Nothing justifies someone drinking and driving. Imagine you or your family walking, riding, or even driving at 55 mph and one of your kids is seriously injured or dies, because of an idiot who was out jollying and irresponsibly puts himself behind the wheel and looses control of their vehicle!

  3. Kim says:

    I do understand that the cyclists to act as if they own the road some times but this driver was driving a motor vehicle with alcohol concentration above the prescribed limit. He Took a life

  4. Buf Gal says:

    My cuzo didn’t deserve this freak acc. or not I hope the punishment is as deep as we the family are hurt A good man cut down

  5. Buf Gal says:

    Cuz didn’t deserve this i hope the driver gets punishment as much as we hurt and mourn one of our bredren. R.I.P You will be missed.

  6. Buf Gal says:

    Cuz didn’t deserve this.I hope the driver gets punish as much as we mourn and miss our bredren. R.I.P. You will be missed

  7. dean30 says:

    its been almost a year since my brother was killed and that !@#$ still bothers me and my fam…and to hear you ppl talk about bikers think they own the road, ya’ll are stupid ya’ll dont know nothing about my brother so back down and let him rest in peace…please!!

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