Tonight, there is another fatal road traffic incident to report. A man, yet to be identified by the authorities, was hit whilst riding his bicycle on the Southern Highway in Santa Cruz Village. His motionless body bore injuries to the head and body and was found about twenty feet off the highway with a wrecked bicycle nearby. Love News understands that the driver of the vehicle that hit John Doe was 37-year-old Woelke Jacobs. According to Assistant Commissioner of Police, Joseph Myvett, the incident unfolded due to the misuse of high beam lights.
ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch: “There is not much details yet other than to say that police responded to an information of a road traffic accident shortly before 6am this morning between miles 21 and 22 on the Southern Highway which would be in the vicinity of Santa Cruz Village. Upon the police’s arrival to the scene a Hispanic male was seen motionless with severe head and body injuries on the right hand side of the highway when travelling south and a little distance away was a damaged bicycle and a gray Toyota pickup. The driver reported to police that he was south bound and a vehicle coming in the opposite direction impaired his vision with it’s headlights and in the process he did not see the bicycle rider until he was too close to avoid an accident which caused him to knock down that individual who so far his identity remains unknown at this time. The driver is detained pending this investigation.”
Chairman of Santa Cruz Village, Vincent Scott, was one of the first on the scene of the accident. According to Scott, the police didn’t find any identification card on the victim’s body and up to news time tonight they were still trying to ascertain his identity.
Vincent Scott, Chairman, Santa Cruz Village: “The area where the accident took place was between mile 24 and 25 going up to E&L Construction and when I got out there I saw the police was already there and they already took out the yellow tape and there was a vehicle damaged on the right hand side of the vehicle with the windshield and the bumper had damage and there was a bicycle with the back portion damaged to the bicycle then we also saw the body laying in the bushes on the right hand side also. The person in the vehicle was there along with the police and the police was doing their work. The body that was in the bush was still there also so they didn’t remove it at the time, they were just doing the investigation and then afterwards they removed the body. It’s a Hispanic male, it may be Indian or Hispanic because I only saw the person with his face on the ground and I didn’t see him in his face but only from back on.”
Chairman Scott went on to tell our newsroom that there have been multiple road accidents in that area. He says for several months now he has been lobbying to have speed bumps installed on the road.
Vincent Scott, Chairman, Santa Cruz Village: “As of last year we had a lot of traffic incidents, a lot of problems, a lot of people dying on that road and I personally was trying to get some bumps in between from the Placencia junction coming upward to that area but up to now we are still waiting and we are still waiting to see what could happen but what we are mostly in fear about is the students sometimes the students going to school and things like that and we have a lot of people riding on the road in the morning who go to work some people go to construction work and some from Santa Rosa and they always ride down that road. I personally was fighting for some speed bumps but up to now we are still waiting. I went to Rural Development, I spoke to Mr.Banner about some speed bumps and then he told me we just have to wait a little bit and see what will happen. So right now in this political time we just have to wait and see.
Renee Trujillo, Love FM News: “How long away was that that since you approached him ?
Vincent Scott, Chairman, Santa Cruz Village: “Right before the village council elections and that is like five or six months ago.”
Jacobs was driving a double cab Tacoma pickup truck. He has been served with a notice of intended prosecution.