47 year old Salvadoran Lucas Ayala was the victim of a fatal Road Traffic Accident yesterday when he was knocked down from his bicycle on the Humming bird Highway by an incoming vehicle driven by an off duty police constable attached to the Belmpoan Police formation. Emanuel Pech has more
Emmanuel Pech, Reporter: This is an old photo of Lucas Ayala, more commonly known as Lambada. He was 47 years old, but his family and friends would remember him as he was in this photograph, youthful and full of energy. Almost every other day he would be seen selling used tires at the corner of the market square area. Today however, those tires sat at his home at Las Flores after his life was cut short when a vehicle driven by a police constable knocked him down yesterday killing him almost instantaneously. When word of the fatal traffic accident had gotten to his friends, Lucas had already been rushed to the Western Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead. We spoke to the grieving brother, who recounted the moment he saw his
brother lying motionless in the hospital bed.
Thomas Alberto, Brother: His face was badly beaten. The wounds on his body didn’t show because of his clothes, he had on a pants and a shirt. His face was badly wounded to the point where it was almost unrecognizable, when somebody dies it’s hard to recognize them because their face changes, but like blood relatives, we recognize each other from far. I went to see him and I knew that he was my brother. It’s very hard. When a love one dies, it hurts so bad and it takes a lot from someone to accept it but because the law of life is that you have to die, there’s nothing that can be done about that.
Emmanuel Pech, Reporter: Rumors surfaced that alcohol might have played a role in the
incident, but Ayala’s brother quickly dispelled the notion.
Thomas Alberto, Brother: My brother didn’t drink. He didn’t have any addictions, and he never bothered anyone. He just went from his work to his house. He was a free man.
Emmanuel Pech, Reporter: According to reports, Ayala was riding his bicycle on Miles 54 and 55 heading South on the Hummingbird Highway when just before reaching the Belmopan roundabout, he swerved left to avoid an incoming bicycle riding in the opposite direction. Unfortunately authorities say he swerved into the path of an oncoming vehicle that was heading in the same direction. The vehicle knocked him down from behind, and the impact opened a gaping wound on the rear of his head which might have lead to his death. Despite this however, the family says they hold no malice to the driver of the vehicle.
Thomas Alberto, Brother: What I’m asking for, is that the case is investigated and that if he has a conscience when an agreement is made, is that he helps with the funeral cost, because if he wasn’t in the wrong then he can’t be made guilty.
Emmanuel Pech, Reporter: Police detained the driver but released him earlier today. They have since sent a report to the office of the DPP and are awaiting further directions. Reporting for Plus News, Emmanuel Pech.
47 year old Lucas Ayala, leaves behind 4 siblings, 4 children and a 9 month old baby.