Traffic accident leaves one injured

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 18, No. 3            January 17, 2008

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The newly cobble-stoned streets of San Pedro Town have been greatly appreciated by the general public. In the times of rain, no longer do pedestrians and motorists have to endure the terrible conditions on the main roads of San Pedro. However, these same roads were the scene of an accident that saw a citizen driving straight into a taxi cab leaving him injured.

    According to the official police press release, on Sunday, January 13th, 2008 at approximately 6:00 p.m., 44-year-old Raul Lara, taxi driver of San Pedrito Area in San Pedro Town was driving his gold Toyota Previa on Sea Grape Drive. As he traveled south towards Marina’s Store, stated Lara, he saw a cream colored four-seater golf cart driven by a male person. The individual, later identified as 33-year-old Glenford Alex Bowden, was traveling in the opposite direction and upon reaching closer to the van, the cart swerved towards the left side of the street colliding into Lara.

    Bowden was transported to the San Pedro Polyclinic where he was treated for his injuries. After going into respiratory arrest, Bowden was transferred to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where he remained under observation but was never admitted. Bowden was released on Monday with minor injuries to the head and to his chest area.

    Police officers were dispatched to the scene to perform initial investigations. According to police and traffic officials, the golf cart, which was an SP Golf Cart rental, was fully licensed and possessed its Third Party Risk Insurance. Sergeant Wade of the San Pedro Police Department stated that no charges have been levied against either driver, although Lara was detained and later released. The department’s investigation has not been completed. Among other witness interviews, investigating officers are awaiting the results of the blood sample taken from Bowden. Expected in a couple days, the test will reveal whether Bowden was under the influence of alcohol and, if so, how much alcohol content was in his system.

    The San Pedro Sun spoke to taxi driver Lara who explained, “I was on duty at the time and was transporting a passenger at her destination coming down by Marina’s. There were a couple golf carts coming from the opposite direction when suddenly I spotted a cream four seater golf cart with a male driver behind the seat taking a mad swerve onto my side of the road. I slowed down and came to a stop, that is when I blowed my horn to signal to him that I was there. I thought the driver was swerving to park on the side of the street, but instead collided at great impact on the front bumper of my vehicle. Then I saw him lean over the seat as if he got hurt really bad but was totally intoxicated and unable to stand up.” Police investigations continue.
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