71-year-old Rudolph Russell Arnold was tragically killed this afternoon on Caesar Ridge Road, Belize City. Preliminary reports state that he was riding his bicycle when he was knocked down by an 18-wheeler truck. Eyewitnesses told Love News that Arnold somehow landed under the truck with his head completely crushed. The elderly man’s family is now left to mourn him. His daughter, Eglah Arnold, told us that they still have not gotten much information.
Eglah Arnold, Daughter of Deceased: “I was at work I work at the Belize Central Prison and I got a call from my uncle Mr.Denis Arnold he is an inspector in the police. So I got a call and he told me- well he didn’t tell me that he had passed away he just told me that he had some bad news that my dad was in an accident so I came to the hospital. They told us, me and my brother, that if we want to know anything we need to go to the police station. So they didn’t tell us much. I was telling my coworkers this morning that I haven’t seen my dad for a while and then to get this news now.”
Reporter: How long would you say you haven’t seen him?
Eglah Arnold, Daughter of Deceased: “I haven’t seen him for over a month because he’s always moving. He’s 71 years old but he’s always on the go and he’s always working, he doesn’t sit around he’s always doing something. He usually hangs out at the Port and then I guess they discharge the trucks I’m not too sure but he’s like a handyman. I’ll remember he was very jovial, he liked to make jokes and he was very outgoing person. He used to tell me that he’s proud of me.”
At the scene was Arnold’s friend for thirty years who briefly spoke to the media.
Friend of deceased: “I was going to have lunch and he was coming back to work and after that they told me that a truck just knocked him down and I told them they’re liars because he had just passed me; they told me that if I didn’t believe I should come by the boulevard and see it and I came and that is what I saw. It hurts because that’s my bally. He was a nice person, friendly. You hail him to go buy for you and it’s like that.”
Arnold had two children and lived on Faber’s Road.