24 hours later after that accident on Saturday, there was another fatality near the George Price Highway; this one involving 33 year old Marco Gutierrez, a Honduran National and a resident of St. Matthews Village. The incident occurred at mile 37 on the George Price Highway, Jaguar Paw Junction, about quarter mile inside the Frank’s Eddy Road. According to reports, sometime before 9 pm on Sunday June 14th, Marco Gutierrez, who had recently started working at Jaguar Paw, had parked his motorcycle on the side of the Road. While he was reportedly fixing his motorcycle, another motorcycle driven by a 17 year old minor from the direction of the George Price Highway to Franks Eddy village, collided with Gutierrez, fatally wounding him.
“What our investigations are showing at this time, is that the deceased, who is identified as Mr. Marco Antonio Marquez Gutierrez , he is a Honduran maintenance worker – he is of Saint Matthew’s Village, a nearby village to where the incident occurred. It appears that he was repairing his motorcycle on the side of the road and another motorcycle who was driven by a minor at the time, and accompanied by another person, did not see this person on the side and hit full speed into the person which caused this unfortunate incident. We so far have that minor in our custody and the minor will be charged very shortly for drove motor vehicle without a valid driver’s license. He will also be charged for drove unlicensed motor vehicle, drove motor vehicle without third party risk insurance. He will also be charged for the death and the charge will be ; manslaughter by negligence , causing death by carless conduct and drove motor vehicle without due care and attention.”
Travelling with the minor on the motorcycle was 19 year old Miguel Vasquez, who spoke to the media yesterday explaining that they did not see Guiterrez nor the motorcycle on the road side since its lights were reportedly turn off. Marco Gutierrez leaves behind a wife and two children. The family arrived in Belize from Honduras in November last year seeking employment. Elsa Rodriguez, the widowed wife of Gutierrez, is now seeking financial assistance to transport the body of her loved one back to Honduras.
[Translated]“Yes, I don’t have any job and I really need help because I want to transfer the body of husband to Honduras.”
Emanuel Pech – Plus TV Reporter
“So you guys are Hondrans. You don’ have any relatives here?
“We don’t have any relatives here. I just have my two children, and just me, nobody else. That’s why I need help to take my husband to Honduras.”