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A Tragic Accident Brings a Reminder for Safe Travel

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The traffic on Roatan's main road is notoriously heavy and dangerous. On the return drive to CoCo View after the shark dive, our lane of a two-lane highway was stopped for construction, but traffic in the other lane was moving fast. A nine-year-old boy darted into that traffic and was struck by a fast-moving motorcycle. What was so striking, sitting in our minibus and looking out the large windshield, was we all saw it coming a few seconds before the impact and started screaming. We jumped out to lend assistance, but it was chaos. I'm a cardiologist, not a trauma specialist, but I knew the child was probably dying. I tried to keep people from moving his neck around, but a local woman suddenly scooped up the child and ran off to the hospital, a block or two away....

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