AARON HUMES Reporting: There have been three fatalities and three persons injured in five traffic accidents reported in the Belize River Valley in the last five days.
Jose Elmer Villanueva, the 63 year old from Orange Walk who fell out of an open bus traveling north last Wednesday, died in hospital on Sunday and ASP Christopher Noble, officer in charge of Ladyville Subformation said that as a post-mortem examination is underway, police are asking individuals who were on the bus to come forward to the nearest police station and give information that can assist the police in their investigation.
The driver, which has cooperated with police, has been served with notice of intended prosecution but no official charges have been filed as yet.
On Saturday, a 13 year old teenager from the Buttercup area of Burrell Boom, Belize District, injured in what appeared to be a hit-and-run, died without regaining consciousness from an induced coma.
Earl Flores was struck and severely injured by a passing vehicle as he was going to a relative’s house. ASP Noble says police have an eye on a person of interest in the case.
Earl’s family are distraught and while they say they have been kept up to date by police, they wish they would move a bit faster.
Mother of Earl, Octavia Locario, his father Earl Sr. and cousin Kayla Myvette say they hope the police can quickly solve the case and bring to justice those responsible.
Late on Friday there was a report of two men knocked off a motorcycle in the area of Los Lagos on the Philip Goldson Highway.
Those persons were treated in hospital and investigations continue into that report. A second accident took place on the Old Northern Highway near Corozalito village late on Sunday.
It involved a female officer attached to Ladyville police station who was going home from duty at a political convention.The officer sustained leg injuries. And this morning in the River Valley village of Bermudian Landing, there was a fatal accident with one John Wade and an ATV.
But Ladyville police’s worries are not yet over.
They have even more reports on their desk from activity over the weekend.
According to ASP Christopher Noble, residents of Burrell Boom responding to a reported burglary in the village, managed to hurt someone whom it has not been confirmed was even involved.
Police responding to the report of a burglary found that the man, not identified, was rushed to hospital with injuries to the face.
None of the reportedly stolen items was recovered, but two bicycles taken in a separate incident have been.
And there was a rape of a teenager in Ladyville. Her mistake, ASP Noble says, was to accept a ride home from a stranger. She was sexually assaulted and later reported the matter to police.
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