John Bennett crashes and dies near 8 Miles Print E-mail
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Friday, 15 March 2019 00:00

John Bennett, a 38-year-old resident of Lakeview Street in Belize City, died in a traffic accident on the George Price Highway. He was on a motorcycle traveling to the City when he was knocked down by a vehicle which was being driven by Anthony Grant, who is better known as the KREM Radio DJ and Radio Personality “Tony G”.

Police say that on Sunday, March 10th, 2019, at about 5:32 p.m., they responded to reports of a traffic accident between Miles 7 and 8 on the George Price Highway. When they arrived, they found Bennett’s lifeless body. Nearby, they found his red Meilun motorcycle, which was wrecked. Witnesses tell the press that his motorcycle was found splintered into several different parts. In the middle of the highway, they found a gold Ford Explorer SUV with its right front portion was also damaged, and the right front wheel had been torn off. The driver of that vehicle was identified as the 41 year-old Grant, a resident of the Western Pines Area, which is located near Mile 8 on the George Price Highway.

He reported to police that at around 5 p.m. that evening, he was driving home and upon his arrival at an area between Miles 7 and 8, he saw a man on a motorcycle heading in the opposite direction, toward Belize City. Grant told police that this man, who was later identified as John Bennett, was attempting to overtake a vehicle. Grant said that he attempted to avoid a collision by driving more to the left of the highway. Unfortunately, it was not enough, and the motorcycle slammed into the right side of his vehicle. The force of the impact flung Bennett into the air, and then unto the highway. He suffered massive head and body injuries, and died at the scene.

Police have served Grant with a notice of intended prosecution, and they obtained a urine sample from him to test his blood alcohol concentration levels during the time of the accident. A post mortem has also been done on Bennett and police collected blood samples to also test whether or not he had been drinking just before the accident.

His family says that he was returning from a cousin’s house at mile 8 on the George Price Highway, and he was heading home when he ended up in the accident. His father, Wilson Bennett, spoke glowingly of him.

Bennett told the press, “My daughter went to the hospital and she came back and told me that he is gone. I couldn’t believe it. He was the prized son. He would go to the market and buy stuff for his mother and then go to his work.”

He leaves behind three children.