Headline — 17 February 2015 — by Albert J. Ciego
Motorcyclist’s legs “broken up” after accident in Gungulung

BELIZE CITY, Fri. Feb. 13, 2015 –Earl Pitts, 23, an employee of the Ministry of Works, who resides in the Gungulung area of Belize City, was knocked down by a Mazda Tribute while travelling on his motorcycle on Holy Emmanuel Street in the Gungulung area and as a result, suffered severe injuries to both legs and his arm. He was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in a critical but stable condition.

According to Pitts, he was travelling on his motorcycle when the vehicle, which was traveling towards him in his lane (on the wrong side of the road), slammed into him. The impact hurled him off his motorbike and he landed on the windshield of the vehicle, rolled onto the bonnet and landed on the pavement.

The incident occurred at about 12:30 this afternoon.

Pitts’ family reported that he was in pain and two of his legs had been fractured. One of his legs is broken in four places and the other leg has fractures in two places. Also, one of his arms is broken in several places.

Doctors informed Pitts’ family that he would need to have steel inserted into the badly broken leg.

Pitts, however, is facing difficulties because X- rays of the injuries must be done before the hospital will treat him, and family members say that they have no money to cover the cost of the X-ray examinations.

Pitts and his family are thus asking for assistance from the family of the driver of the vehicle which hit him, who is a female minor, to cover his hospital bills.

Police have since issued the girl, 17, with a Notice of Intention to Prosecute (NIP).

It is hoped that the insurance for the vehicle will cover some of the medical bills, but in the meantime, the family must find money to pay the other increasing medical bills, and is asking for support.

Individuals wishing to offer financial assistance can contact Pitts’ sister at 633-2102.

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