By Alexis R. Milan
A 70-year-old woman was knocked down by a car driven by an unlicensed 19-year-old driver who lost control of the vehicle. It happened on Baghdad Street around 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The woman died on Thursday around 3:40 p.m. from her injuries.
The victim, Marie Knowles, was apparently making her way back to her house a short distance away on Water Lane, when the out-of-control Toyota Highlander careened on to the sidewalk where she was walking and struck her violently. Behind the wheel was Boyd Lopez, the youth who eyewitnesses say sped around the lane.
Knowles was reportedly flung into the air and landed face first on to the pavement, while the Highlander continued on to crash into a parked Mitsubishi Montero on the other side of the street.
Knowles was severely injured. She received a deep gash to her head. A hastily summoned ambulance transported her to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.
Witnesses reports the events unfolded quickly. Marie Knowles had just been conversing with another woman who was sitting on a chair and just narrowly escaped the same fate.
Lopez, who does not have a drivers license, was driving the vehicle that belongs to his boss, an Asian businessman who later arrived on the scene.
One of Mrs. Knowles’ son, Cecil who lives next to his mother’s house, was at home at the time and learned of the incident from neighbors. When he arrived at the scene, he found his mother struggling to breathe.
In Lopez’s account to police, he blamed the accident on faulty brakes. He has since been served with a notice of intended prosecution.
Mrs. Knowles was a teacher for almost 40 years, having taught at St. Mary’s Primary School and All Saints School in Belize City.