General — 13 April 2012 — by Albert J. Ciego
Kent Skeet, 34, dies in road accident
Kent Skeet, 34, a well-known resident of Supaul Street and the father of four children, died tragically this afternoon after he lost control of a motorcycle he was riding and crashed into a concrete grave monument erected on the area that divides the road in front of Lord Ridge Cemetery into two sections, which join back to form one road.
  
Skeet was flung off the bike with such force that he suffered massive head injuries. The ambulance crew that responded to the accident declared him dead on the spot.
  
He was identified to the police by his sister, after which he was taken to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital Morgue, where he officially was declared dead on arrival.
  
The incident occurred 4:30 p.m. today, Thursday.
 
His aunt and godmother, Eleanor Gordon, told Amandala that Skeet was hanging out in his old neighborhood on Supaul Street with his friends when he borrowed a motorcycle to go to his house in the Gungulung area of Lake I to get some money to buy drinks.
  
She was at home when she received the call, and she then alerted his other aunts and sisters, and they all hurried to the area and saw him lying on the ground with the motorcycle about five feet away from him.
  
Skeet’s death was a terrible shock to her and his other loved ones, because it was not expected, she said. Gordon said that his mother, Marion Plunkett, her sister, had recently gone to the United States and no doubt this sad news will devastate her.
  
Skeet is survived by his mother, his children, his aunts, three brothers, five sisters, and many nieces, nephews and friends, said Gordon.
  
For a while, there was some tension between the police and Skeet’s family. His sister had come to hold him, and said she heard him breathing, and she immediately alerted the police and demanded that he be taken to the hospital immediately, because he was still alive.
  
The police, for their part, responded sternly and told her not to spread a false alarm, that he already had been pronounced dead.
  
The relatives were then quiet after it was explained that nothing more could be done to help him.
  
Bando Tillett, who was hanging out with him on Supaul Street, told Amandala that he had just left there and was going home to get money when they got the call that he had died.
  
They rushed to the area and found him on the ground. However, one of his friends was angry because Skeet had been offered a crash helmet to wear, but had refused to take the head protection, and said he would soon be back. The friend said that if he had worn the helmet, he may not have died.
  
No one will be held responsible for Skeet’s death, which police have classified as Death by Road Traffic Accident. Funeral arrangements have not yet been made, but it is expected that he will be buried in Belize City next week Friday, April 20. 
  
Skeet was a resident of Supaul Street, but had lately moved to the Gungulung area after he had built his house there.

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