Five people suffered varying degrees of injury after they were hit by a vehicle during a three-vehicle collision on Sunday evening at about 8:00 p.m. at Mile 6 on the Burrell Boom Road. They have all been treated and released from the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.
Michael Waight, one of the victims, suffered a torn ear, a cut wound to the head and a broken leg, among other injuries.
Police have reported that they went to an area near the garbage dump on the Hattieville-Boom Road, and on their arrival they saw a red Isuzu Rodeo which was being driven at the time by Godfrey Garcia, 28, of Santa Elena, Cayo District, that had collided with the back of a green pickup truck.
The investigation revealed that Paul Waight, 47, of Burrell Boom was driving his brown Astro van from Hattieville to Boom when he stopped to render assistance to an overturned vehicle on the side of the road.
Paul’s brother, Michael Waight, 38, who was travelling in a pickup truck, also stopped and parked behind Paul’s brown van.
Godfrey Garcia, who was traveling in the same direction in a Rodeo, apparently never saw both vehicles and as a result hit the pickup, causing it to hit Paul Waight’s Astro van, damaging it and injuring Michael and two other passengers who were standing outside near the parked vehicle.
Michael Waight told police that he and his brother, Paul, were travelling to Burrell Boom from Hattieville in two separate vehicles on the Boom-Hattieville Road. Travelling with his brother at the time in the Astro van were Joseph Seguro and his girlfriend, Daisy Alamilla.
When they arrived in the area of the garbage dump, they were stopped by some people who were standing on the roadside seeking assistance, because their vehicle had overturned and was in a ditch.
The brothers stopped and parked on the right side of the road. Joseph Seguro was asked to direct traffic away from the area of the overturned vehicle, while the other occupants of the vehicles, including Daisy Alamilla, were standing by the two parked vehicles.
Suddenly, a red SUV travelling at high speed, in the same direction, slammed into Seguro, and into the rear of the pickup truck, causing it to lurch forward and slam into the rear of the Astro van, Michael’s brother’s vehicle, causing it to slam into the vehicle that was overturned, and hitting the people who were standing near the vehicle.
Those who were in the two vehicles were also injured due to the impact of the collision. Michael Waight said that his two children who were travelling with him had just gotten back into the vehicle after stepping out to see the overturned vehicle, when the vehicles were hit.
Michael Waight said that at the time he was hit, he was calling for assistance for the people who were hurt in the vehicle that had overturned. He heard a screech and a loud bang, he said, and he then lost consciousness.
When he regained consciousness, he found himself lying in the bushes. He got up and went to his vehicle to check on his children, but he was in so much pain that he collapsed and passed out again.
Seguro, who was directing traffic, and Alamilla, who was standing near the pan of the van, were also injured.
The driver of the SUV was served with a notice of intended prosecution, while police continue to investigate the accident.
Police said that a urine sample was taken from Godfrey Garcia, the driver of the Rodeo.