BELIZE CITY–Nicaragua national, Elisa Hunter Perez, 31, of the Antelope Street Extension area of Belize City, died after suffering massive head and body injuries when she was knocked down by a vehicle that was transporting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Wilfred “Sedi” Elrington, from Belize City to Belmopan, at about 9:00 Tuesday morning.
Hunter Perez was taken, in a critical condition, to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where she fought for her life for two days, but she died at about 8:30 last night, Wednesday.
On Tuesday morning, Hunter, who worked in the Mile 8 area at the Belize Recycling Company on the George Price Highway, took a bus from Belize City to Mile 8, and on arrival in the area, near her workplace, she got out of the bus and was walking across the highway when she was knocked down by an oncoming vehicle, that was travelling to Belmopan from Belize City.
Minister Elrington, who was in the front passenger seat of the vehicle, said that his driver, Amir Garcia, 32, tried to avoid the collision and swerved to the left, honked his horn, and applied the brakes, but the vehicle still hit the woman.
After Hunter Perez was hit, Elrington said, Garcia came out of the vehicle and helped to place her on the side of the highway to prevent her being hit again by oncoming vehicles.
The Minister said that he regretted the tragic accident. Garcia has been served with a Notice of Intended Prosecution.