By Marion Ali, Staff Reporter
Three people are dead following two traffic accidents and a swimming trip over the extended holiday weekend.
The first incident happened just before 11 p.m. on Thursday near Edge Water Night Club in Sandhill Village, mile 21 on the Phillip Goldson Highway and claimed the life of Victor Underwood, 27, a resident of Biscayne Village, which is a few miles further north.
Marlon Longsworth, 41, a villager of Crooked Tree reported that he was driving a black Ford Ranger pick-up truck from Belize City to Crooked Tree when the deceased appeared suddenly in front of him and the vehicle struck him.
Underwood suffered injuries to the head, abdomen, and hands and died while receiving treatment at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.
Police have served Longsworth with a Notice of Intended Prosecution.
The second fatality occurred at about 5:30 p.m. on Good Friday in Red Bank Village, Stann Creek and claimed the life of Jose Santos, 22, a resident of the village.
Police say Santos was driving a car with a passenger in the village when he lost control at a curve and crashed into a post. The passenger escaped serious injury by jumping from the vehicle, but Santos suffered severe injuries and died.
The swimming mishap also occurred on Good Friday, at around 4 p.m. and claimed the life of Jose Luis Lieva, a Honduran labourer of camp six in Trio Village, Toledo.
Police say Leiva went swimming in the Bladden River and dusappeared. His body was later retrieved.