By Alexis R. Milan
An American woman was killed in a deadly traffic accident, involving a small SUV and an 18 wheeler truck hauling oranges near the Jaguar Paw road at mile 37 on the George Price Highway on Tuesday.
Theresa Meuers, 56,and her partner, Samuel Schulte, 66, were travelling in a blue Suzuki SUV, owned by Big John Tours and Taxi Services with Belizean, Leon Rodriguez as the driver. They were heading towards Belmopan when the accident happened. Rodriguez reported to police that he was turning into the Jaguar Paw road, when the tow head travelling behind them collided into the rear of his vehicle.
Meuers, who was in the back seat of the SUV, sustained numerous injuries to her head and body and was transported to the Western Regional Hospital where she later died from her injuries. Schulte also suffered head and body injuries and was transported to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.
Rodriguez, who complained of chest paisn, was treated and released from the Western Regional Hospital.
According to eyewitnesses, the blue SUV indicated that it was about to turn, when the driver of the tow head lost control and slammed into the rear of the SUV. The vehicle ended up a distance away in a drain, badly damaged. The truck over turned and the oranges it was transporting spilled over the highway.
The truck driver, Miguel Arriaza, 20, of St. Margaret Village, was accompanied by a 16-year-old boy who sustained a cut wound to the right side of his head and was also treated and released from the Western Regional Hospital.
Both drivers, Rodriguez and Arriaza, have since been served with notice of intended prosecution. Police investigations into the matter are ongoing.