Deadly collision claims three lives

vlcsnap-2013-04-19-21h34m19s109Three men, residents of Hattieville, died late Thursday evening after a violent collision with another vehicle on the George Price (Western Highway). According to police, around 6:45 p.m. Hattieville police found a gray Suzuki car and red Chevrolet pickup truck on the right hand side of the highway as seen from Hattieville looking toward Belize City. Inside the red truck were two bodies and another on the left shoulder of the highway. The dead men were identified as twenty six year old Mark McKoy, a stevedore; forty year old Emerson Luis Jones, a laborer and the driver, and forty five year old Godwin Flowers, a City Council employee. All three men died on the site after Jones’ pickup crashed head-on into the Suzuki driven by Marlon Martinez, who was traveling alone. Martinez received only minor injuries. Also traveling in the pan of the red truck was Philip Latchman. He sustained abrasions to his entire body. We begin with the family of Jones, who say he frequently picked up hitchhiking passengers from his native village when coming home in the evening. His wife, Keisha Reyes, speaks about how she received the news and what she saw at the scene.

Keisha Reyes:
vlcsnap-2013-04-19-21h35m34s74About 6:10 I was at home and I saw a vehicle stop in front of my house. The young man came out and said, Keish what is Emo’s license plate number? So I told him 5570. So I asked him why, but as I asked him why, he said because he caught in an accident near 8 Mil. I asked, “Is he dead, what happen to him? Lend me your phone so I can call.” While I was dialing the number, I saw one of my friend’s vehicle coming. Right then I realized that something really happened. So she stopped and said “Keish, Emo caught in an accident.” I asked her if he was dead and he didn’t answer me. So right then, I said “He’s dead.” Then we went to the accident scene.

Monica Bodden:
Can you describe to us what you met?

Keisha Reyes:
I saw three persons on the side of the road next to the vehicle. It was a horrific scene ma’am.

Monica Bodden:
He was flung from outside the vehicle?

Keisha Reyes:
I’m not sure, because when I reached there they already took them out. They had to cut open the top of the vehicle to take them out, so I don’t know.

Godwin Flowers’ son, Michael, told PLUS News that his father, who was on holiday from work, had gone to Belize City earlier in the day to run errands and pay bills and hitched a ride with Jones that evening.

Michael Flowers:
vlcsnap-2013-04-19-21h35m55s42I was at a friend’s house and my friend’s mother came in and told us what she saw happen on the road, because she just came off the bus. She said she heard that my father caught in an accident.

Monica Bodden:
Did you have a chance to go on the scene?

Michael Flowers:
No.

Monica Bodden:
You went to the hospital after?

Michael Flowers:
None at all.

Monica Bodden:
But you understand that he died on the spot?

Michael Flowers:
That’s what I heard them tell me. I didn’t believe it none at all.

Monica Bodden:
You don’t know what exactly happened?

Michael Flowers:
No ma’am. All I know is that he was in an accident and he was in the pickup’s back. That’s all I know.

Godwin Flowers was a father of five, but his youngest child predeceased him; Jones had three children, including a 19-month-old baby with Keisha Reyes. She tells us that the police have so far not given up much about what caused the accident.

Keisha Reyes:
vlcsnap-2013-04-19-21h35m06s22Well up now, everything is slow right now, because nothing can be said until the post mortem get done. I just spoke with the Sergeant and she said she has to speak with Estradaban or someone else first, then she will contact me. 

According to police, Martinez and Latchman are being treated in hospital. Their investigations continue.

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