General — 02 August 2013 — by Albert J. Ciego

A taxi driver lost his life when his vehicle hurtled off a bridge and fell into the water below –landing with its four wheels in the air.

The accident occurred on the Bullet Tree Road Bridge when Adolpho Ventura, 48, a taxi driver of Bullet Tree Village, was travelling to San Ignacio at about 7:30 yesterday evening.

Jorge Landero, a Belizean painter of Bullet Tree Village, Cayo District, told police that he was at home when he heard a loud bang outside. He went out to see what caused the noise and when he went by the metal bridge in the village, he saw a blue 4-door Toyota Corolla car in the water on the left side of the bridge, with its four wheels in the air. The front portion of the vehicle was extensively damaged and the driver, Adolfo Ventura, was trapped behind the steering wheel.

Ventura appeared to be suffering from head injuries. He was later removed from the vehicle and taken to the San Ignacio Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Police said that Ventura was alone in the vehicle at the time.

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