General — 11 October 2013 — by Albert J. Ciego

One man is dead and three others suffered severe injuries after the vehicle they were travelling in from Consejo Village to Corozal overturned on the Consejo Road at about 4:30 Friday evening.

The four men were travelling in an extended cab pickup truck when between Miles 6 and 7 on the Consejo Road, the driver of the truck, George Johnson, 36, lost control of the vehicle, causing it to flip over.

As a result, Martin Armstrong, 22, of 2nd Street, North Corozal, lost his life due to massive head and body injuries he sustained – injuries that included a puncture to the right side of the abdomen.

George Johnson, the driver; Alfred Massam and Benigno Loria all suffered injuries. Johnson complained of pain in the head, chest and feet; Massam complained of pain in several parts of the body; and Loria complained of pain in the chest and right foot.

Johnson and Loria were admitted to ward at the Corozal Hospital, and Massam was treated and released, while the body of Martin Armstrong is at the Corozal Community Hospital Morgue awaiting a postmortem exam.

Police said that when they arrived at the scene of the accident, they saw Armstrong lying on the side of the road motionless. He was quickly rushed to the Corozal Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

The other three men were taken to the Corozal Hospital. The vehicle was extensively damaged.

Police said that a Notice of Intended Prosecution has been issued to Johnson.

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