Teen dies in Ladyville RTA

By Benjamin Flowers
Staff Journalist

A resident of Buena Vista has been detained by police pending charges for the death of a Lucky Strike teenager, following a fatal weekend traffic accident.

On Saturday, January 16th, 47-year-old Jamaican accountant, Joan Crooks, collided head on into a black Millennium motorcycle, ridden at the time by 19-year-old Maycon Vivas.

Crooks was driving on the Maskall Road on the Old Northern highway around 2:51 p.m. returning from Altun Ha, when she crashed into Vivas on a curve at mile 24.

While Crooks and the other four passengers in her Toyota Land Cruiser were otherwise unharmed, the vehicle sustained serious damage to the point of impact. The vehicle remains in police custody at the Ladyville police station.

Vivas, a delivery assistant manager of Lucky Strike village, sustained injuries to the head and body, dying on the spot.

His relatives told the media that the road, which has recently been upgraded, is hazardous because it lacks proper traffic signs and speed bumps.

Officer Commanding Eastern Division Rural, Senior Superintendent Edward Broaster, explained that the accident was one of several over the weekend, prompting police to consider what type of intervention may be necessary to address the number of fatal accidents on both the George Price and Philip Goldson highways.

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