By Alexis R. Milan
Elicia Hunter, the 31-year-old woman who was knocked down by Foreign Minister Wilfred Elrington’s 2015 Toyota Prado, died at the KHMH on Wednesday night.
Minister Elrington was in the vehicle at the time of the accident, which occurred on Tuesday morning, November 4 on the George Price Highway near Mile 8. The driver, Amir Garcia, 25, has since been served with a notice of intended prosecution.
Hunter, an employee of the scrap metal plant at mile eight, had just stepped off a bus and was trying to cross the busy highway to get to work.
She made an attempt to cross, but when she saw an approaching vehicle, she stepped back unto the path of the oncoming SUV.
The impact tossed her violently across the road. Elrington and his driver stopped to render assistance and moved her to the edge of the highway to avoid the continuous flow traffic.
Minister Elrington said he saw the event unfold before his eyes, and there wasn’t much that his driver could do to avoid hitting the woman. .
The minister was on his way to Belmopan for a Cabinet meeting. He said he noticed that the woman was bleeding from the head and her leg seemed to be broken.
Hunter was taken to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital and underwent surgery.
She received a personal visit from Minister Elrington on Wednesday who had been concerned about her welfare, and a pledge by Minister Elrington to take care of related expenses.
In an interview with Love FM, one of Hunter’s sisters indicated that the family is having trouble finding resources to transport the body back to their homeland of Nicaragua, where the family hopes to bury Hunter. They have not spoken to Elrington since she died.