By Marion Ali
A Mennonite family travelling on the Philip Goldson Highway about a quarter mile away from August Pine Ridge in Orange Walk Tuesday night suffered a terrible road traffic accident that claimed the life of a husband and father of Shipyard, and left his wife and children with varying degrees of injury.
Sometime around 8:30 on Tuesday night, Johan Knelson, was steering his horse and carriage with his wife and two young children, aged two and seven weeks, heading towards August Pine Ridge when a black Toyota Hilux travelling in the same direction slammed into the back of the carriage, destroying the cart.
Knelson suffered severe injuries and died about three hours later at the Northern Regional Hospital, while his wife, Elizabeth, sustained facial injuries, and cuts to her foot and knee.
The two-year-old girl received scrapes and cut wounds to her face, forehead and feet, and the baby boy suffered an injury to the back of the head.
Driver of the Hilux, David Blatz, 38, told police that he did not see the carriage in front of him until it was too late. Police have served him with a Notice of Intended Prosecution while the investigation is in progress.
It appears that the carriage was not outfitted with reflectors. The black horse carrying the family also suffered severe injuries to its hind legs.