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Backhoe driver at fault, investigation into death of Tony Hunter reveals

GeneralBackhoe driver at fault, investigation into death of Tony Hunter reveals

Police have concluded, after investigating the road traffic accident that claimed the life of Anthony “Tony” Hunter, 52, at about 8:15 Saturday morning, February 22, that the driver of the backhoe with which Hunter’s motorcycle collided was at fault.

Hunter, of Dolphin Drive, Belize City, was travelling on his motorcycle from Belize City towards Hattieville when he collided with the right rear wheel of a backhoe at the junction of Linda Vista and the George Price Highway near the Foam Factory, between Miles 2 and 3 on the highway.

Police say that they have forwarded the file containing the results of their investigation into the incident to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution for further directives, but are confident that the driver of the backhoe will be charged with the traffic offenses of driving without due care and attention, causing death by careless conduct and manslaughter by negligence. The announcement was made today, at the Racoon Street Police Station.

Police surmised that Tony Hunter was traveling towards Hattieville on his silver Kawasaki Z 1000 motorcycle when he overtook a vehicle on the left side travelling towards the Foam Factory. It appears that the yellow Caterpillar backhoe, belonging to Cisco Construction, which was on the left side of the road coming towards Belize City, made a left turn into Linda Vista Road at the same time Hunter had overtaken the vehicle, and he slammed into the rear right wheel of the backhoe.

As a result of the collision, Hunter suffered massive injuries to his head and face which caused his immediate death.

Reports were that Hunter was leading some visitors to the country who were driving a car out of Belize City, and was driving ahead of them when the collision occurred.

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