SAN PEDRO, Ambergris Caye, Tues. Apr. 20, 2021– In the mid-week issue, we reported on a fatal road traffic accident that took the life of an 18-year-old, Bianca Reyes. Reports at the time were that Reyes was in a golf cart being driven by Miriam Rodriguez, 27, that ultimately overturned. Reyes was reportedly flung out of the overturned cart and suffered severe injuries that caused her death.
Rodriguez, who is reportedly Reyes’ sister-in-law, has since been charged with manslaughter by negligence, causing death by careless conduct, driving with alcohol concentration, negligent wounding, and harm and was arraigned at the San Pedro Magistrate Court and released on bail. She is expected to return to court on June 24, 2021.
Eyewitnesses of the accident told the San Pedro Sun that speeding could have been the cause of the golf cart flip, and remarked that it was a loud and violent accident.
The boyfriend of the victim said that he had been waiting at home for her to arrive when he heard the wailing of his sister, who informed him of the accident. He ran to the site, where he found Reyes on the ground, bleeding profusely from a head injury.
She was taken to the Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic, where she was pronounced dead at 12:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 17. The death of this young, vibrant woman has left her family and friends shocked and heartbroken. Reyes was originally from the village of Independence, where she is expected to be laid to rest.