General — 28 February 2014 — by Albert J. Ciego

Jose Flamenco, 29, of the Mile 28 Hummingbird Highway community, was killed in a tragic road traffic collision that occurred about 11:00 this morning between Miles 43 and 44 on the Hummingbird Highway.

Flamenco was travelling on his motorcycle from Belmopan to his home when he lost control of the bike and slammed into the side of a van that was travelling to Belmopan in the opposite direction.

Flamenco, a laborer, was hurled violently onto the pavement and died immediately due to the impact of the crash. He was taken to the Western Regional Hospital in Belmopan, where he was declared dead on arrival.

The van was being driven by Manuel Simpson, 33, of Placencia, who had a passenger, Juan Pau, also of Placencia, with him. As a result of the impact of the collision, Pau was injured, and he was taken to the Western Regional Hospital, after which he was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) for further treatment. He is now in the KHMH in a serious condition.

Simpson told police that he was travelling to Belmopan from Placencia, and between Miles 43 and 44 on the Hummingbird Highway, he tried to avoid a collision with a motorcycle that was travelling towards him.

Jose Flamenco is the second person to have died in a motorcycle collision within 6 days: A tragic motorcycle accident claimed the life of Anthony “Tony” Hunter, 53, after the motorcycle he was riding collided into the rear wheel of a backhoe near the Sans Foam Factory on the George Price Highway at about 9:00 Saturday morning.

Police believe that speed was also a factor in the deadly collision that took Hunter’s life.

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