General — 16 April 2014 — by Albert J. Ciego

Mario Choc, 27, a sales clerk of 3 ½ Miles, Philip Goldson Highway, Belize City, was knocked down by an oncoming vehicle at about 8:40 Saturday night, and suffered injuries to both of his legs, his right hand and head.

Choc died on the scene. He was taken to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH), where he was declared dead on arrival.

Choc was at Mile 3 on the Philip Goldson Highway, and was walking to the driver’s side of his vehicle, in which he was about to head out of the city, when he was knocked down.

Glen Crawford, 25, of Maxboro, Sandhill, told police that he was travelling from the city to Maxboro in a Ford Ranger pickup truck on the Philip Goldson Highway, when, upon reaching in front of New Horizon Building on the highway, he slowed down to allow an ambulance that was travelling in the same direction to overtake him.

He pulled to the right side of the highway, and after the ambulance passed him, he drove back onto the highway, but his vision was affected by the high beam lights of a vehicle that was travelling to the city from the opposite direction, causing him to drive to the right side of the road, and that was when he knocked down Mario Choc, just as he was about to open his vehicle to go into the driver’s side.

Choc was taken to the KHMH, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Police announced that a Notice of Intended Prosecution was served on Glen Crawford.

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