By Alexis R. Milan
A 58-year-old man died as result of an accident involving an 18-wheeler truck carrying containers that ran straight into him on Monday morning near the Jaguar Paw road junction, making it the second accident in this area in one week.
Pablo Martinez was walking along the shoulder of the road when the truck struck him, then careened into a ditch, causing the containers to turn over on their side.
According to eyewitnesses, the left side of Martinez’s face was torn off and he had a large gash on his forehead. An ambulance arrived at the scene about 45 minutes later to transport him to the Belize Medical Associates. Martinez died the following day of a heart attack.
The driver of the truck, 38-year-old Levi Figueroa told police he was traveling from Spanish Lookout but when he reached around mile 37, his steering wheel got jammed. Figueroa has since been charged with manslaughter by negligence, driving without due care and attention, causingdeath by careless conduct and failure to keep as close to the right hand side of the road as possible.
Last Tuesday an American woman died when an 18-wheeler carrying oranges slammed into the back of the SUV she was traveling in, at practically the same location. The woman, Theresa Meuers, was sitting in the back of the SUV, whose driver was waiting for the towhead to pass. Meuers later died at the Western Regional Hospital.
Residents and those who work in the area have called for safety measures to be put in place on that stretch, including speed bumps and traffic signs.