Tragic Road Accident Claims Three Lives
Tonight, two families are mourning and one man is clinging to life after a road traffic incident claimed the lives of three women. On Saturday night, 31-year-old Kurtis Belisle and his passengers, 27-year-old Virginia Davis, 17-year-old Dorothy Davis, and 17-year-old Torrie Gentle, were traveling to Fresh Pond Village when tragedy struck. Investigators say that Belisle, who was driving a pickup truck, attempted to overtake near mile 10 on the Philip Goldson Highway when he lost control of the vehicle. The truck flipped multiple times and stopped when it made an impact with a tree just off the road, instantly killing Belisle’s passengers. Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, weighed in on the tragedy and says that the incident may be the result of poor decision-making.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “Many of the accidents that we have seen had a lot to do with the driver errors. We don’t have a law that determines the state a vehicle must be in to be on the highway. I think in some countries once the vehicle reaches a certain state you can’t have it on the road anymore it is deemed as not being road worthy. We don’t have that in belize so we have seen in many instances some very old dilapidated vehicles and they are going especially the Toyotas the engines will run and the body will fall apart and the engine is still running. The incident over the weekend was very very unfortunate. It saddens me. I could just imagine what the families are going through. Three young beautiful young ladies lost their lives in that unfortunate situation and again based on the report that we’ve had is that the driver was overtaking and he couldn’t complete the overtaking and eventually ran off the road and into a post. Again we have a number of selfish drivers. I for one if I see a vehicle is overtaking me and one is coming the opposite direction if I know that vehicle is not going to make it I slow down and give him way. Even though yes he is already at fault to be overtaking and another vehicle is coming but that does not mean that you can’t slow down and give way to save lives but unfortunately that did not occur and the three young ladies died and the young man is currently hospitalized in a serious condition.”