Traffic Accident Reported in Belize City

vlcsnap-2014-01-31-23h25m43s248vlcsnap-2014-01-31-23h25m07s74Police are investigating a traffic accident occurring near downtown Belize City this morning.  Around 7:00 a.m., the black Mitsubishi pickup was parked behind the red Toyota 4 Runner, on North Front Street in the vicinity of Marelco Limited when its driver tried to come out of the parking space to enter the street.

Our reports say he was looking into his rear-view mirror, presumably for oncoming traffic, but then felt a sudden impact. The pickup had been hit by a Toyota RAV4 being driven by officers of a prominent local security firm.

The RAV4, eyewitnesses we spoke to say, flipped as many as 2 or three times before it crashed vlcsnap-2014-01-31-23h26m44s134vlcsnap-2014-01-31-23h24m22s87into a nearby fence. The officers in the vehicle complained of back pain but otherwise there were no serious injuries reported.

An eyewitness we spoke to off-camera said they overheard a telephone conversation by the driver of the RAV4 which suggests that he was not paying attention to the road, either looking at his phone or texting at the time of the incident; however, this is not confirmed.

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