Esmond Rudolph Wright, 43, of Lauren Burgess Avenue in the Belama Phase 3 area of the city, was knocked down and killed while riding his bicycle on the Philip Goldson Highway around 10:45 p.m. on Friday, November 30.
He suffered massive head and body injuries and was declared dead on the spot. The incident occurred in front of the Traveller’s Bar and Lounge near Mile 3 1/2.
Police who responded to the scene reported that on their arrival, they saw Wright, who also went by the nickname “Shorty,” lying face down on the right side of the highway with severe head injuries, and his bicycle, which was badly damaged, was beside him.
Police said that their initial investigations revealed that Amrick Escobar, 22, of Lords Bank, Ladyville, was driving a blue-grey Avenger car with L/P BC – C 404087 on the Philip Goldson Highway from the direction of Haulover Bridge to Belize City, and upon arriving in front of Traveller’s Bar, Escobar knocked down Wright.
Escobar was arrested and charged with causing death through careless conduct, driving without due care and attention, manslaughter by negligence and driving with over the prescribed alcohol limit.
Esmond’s brother, Cecil Tillett, said that he was at home that Friday night when police came to his house and asked him to accompany them to the morgue.
On his arrival there he saw and identified his brother to police. He said that he was full of grief. His brother was well known and liked by everyone. He was a laborer and was employed part-time by Traveller’s and by Advance Advertisement.
Tillett wants to advise drivers to be careful when driving on the highway, and to look out for people who are walking or riding bicycles, since they also have the right to use the road. He also requests that the authorities put lights on the highway at critical places where lighting is needed.
Esmond Rudolph Wright was not married and was childless. A post-mortem was conducted on his body today, Monday, but funeral arrangements have not yet been made.