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Mar 27, 2014

3rd person dies from horrible Burrell Boom accident

Erin Davis

An accident on the Boom Hattieville Road two weeks ago claimed two lives: a three year old girl passed away and so did a twenty-eight year old driver. Ashley Silva was rushed to the hospital, but succumbed when Lindbergh Tucker collided into the vehicle she was travelling in. Tucker also perished as a result of traffic mishap. That accident has claimed the life of a third person. Eighteen year old Erin Davis was travelling in Tucker’s vehicle; he was critically injured and after being comatose for more than two weeks, he lost his fight to survive the accident.  Duane Moody reports.


Duane Moody, Reporting

There is another casualty to report as a result of the fatal traffic accident on the Boom/Hattieville Road that took the lives of three year old Ashley Silva and twenty-eight year old Lindbergh Tucker. Eighteen year old Erin Davis, a former co-worker and friend of Tucker, died on Wednesday at the K.H.M.H.  Davis fell into a coma with serious brain injuries and after seventeen days of intensive care, he has perished.


Yvette Smith

Yvette Smith, Aunt of Deceased

“Ina di morning, ih kiss ih ma, everything…gone with the coworker to la Ruta Maya. Ih tell ih ma noh worry bout nothing…I am coming back. Ih ketch ina the accident and the evening dehn tell she that ih son deh there [in the hospital], but she neva know dah mi ih son.”


Nissah Smith-Davis, Mother of Deceased

“For seventeen days he was there fighting and yesterday he couldn’t go no more…so he just succumbed.”


Duane Moody

“Could you tell us about the injuries that he sustained and I am understanding that he was in an induced coma?”


Nissah Smith-Davis

Nissah Smith-Davis

“The injury was mostly in his head.  They were trying to let the swelling in his head go down.”


Yvette Smith

“Ih mi di bleed too; that’s why the doctor dehn put ahn ina wah coma because ih mi di bleed and so dehn mi want make the swelling go down and the bleeding stop.”


The incident happened on March ninth as spectators headed to Burrell Boom for the third leg of the annual Belikin La Ruta Maya River Challenge. Despite the many checkpoints set up by police to minimize traffic incidences, a white Honda CRV driven at the time by Tucker crashed head on into a white Kia Sportage coming in an opposite direction and driven by thirty-one year old Karim Silva. According to one eyewitness, Tcuker nad Davis were allegedly intoxicated. Tucker was behind the wheel and was speeding.


Voice of: Eyewitness [File: March 11th, 2014]

“I mi di come out from my yaad like round five and I mi deh right yah soh by di road when I sih di car mi di cohn fast and ih tek di curve wide.  Wahn next car mi di cohn and ih crash.  And when I sih dat me and wahn bally weh mi deh up so hurry gaan check di people ahn tek out di people and ting. Eena one car di two bally mi drunk.  Dehn bally mi look like dehn dead.  Pan di next car only wahn lady, wahn man and wahn baby.  [Correction] Two lady, wahn baby and wahn man and only di baby mi knockout and di lady mi good.”


Isani Cayetano

“So in your opinion the two males in the other vehicle were presumably drunk.  Do you know, if based on what you saw, they were speeding?”


Voice of: Eyewitness

“Yeah, dehn mi di cohn fast, like wahn eighty, eighty-five [miles per hour].  Dehn mi gah wah big elephant foot backa dehn car eena wahn cooler, ice and Sprite, everything and dehn mih drunk, drunk, drunk.”


The family of Davis, however, is disputing that…saying that he was not a drinker.


Nissah Smith-Davis

“Jovial, tantalizing; he is a very, very straight-forward lee bwai. Ih noh have wah police record, if noh get ina trouble…nothing like that. He always makes people feel happy…anybody around him weh know him, always make he feel happy. If you are vex, not around him…he wah touch yo, pull yo hair, tease or do yo something. So yo have to smile when yo deh with he.”


Davis’ body will be laid to rest on Tuesday. Duane Moody for News Five.


The family is asking for assistance with covering the medical bill at the K.H.M.H. According to his mother, the bill is in excess of fourteen thousand dollars and is asking for persons who would like to assist to contact Nissah Smith-Davis at 600-5721.

There is another victim of a traffic accident…. On Tuesday in Blue Creek Village, Orange Walk District, eighteen year old Jacob Niekoleis Junior of Little Belize lost control of a motor cycle he was driving and collided into a fence. He was not wearing a helmet and suffered injuries to the head and ribs. Niekoleis was transported by air ambulance to the K.H.M.H., but died hours later. 

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