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Posted: Monday, July 4, 2022. 4:53 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Four persons, including an elderly woman, were killed in traffic accidents over the weekend in the Orange Walk, Cayo and Stann Creek Districts.

Jesus Felipe Galdamez, a vendor, has been charged with the knockdown death of 80-year-old Santa Chun on Valley of Peace Road on Friday. Galdamez said he was unable to avoid hitting her as she walked on the roadside and he transported her to Western Regional Hospital, Belmopan where she died, and voluntarily gave police a urine sample.

Galdamez has been charged with manslaughter by negligence; causing death by careless conduct; and driving a motor vehicle without due care and attention.

Reports from the area suggested there is a lack of speed bumps on the newly resurfaced road and drivers are urged to slow down and be cautious in the area.

The second accident took place on the Philip Goldson Highway when a driver knocked down Feliciano Mendoza, 69, who was crossing the road from a Chinese store in Carmelita. Mendoza was taken to the Northern Regional Hospital where he passed and the driver has been detained pending charges.

The third accident was the tragic death of Derrick Banner, the Ministry of Infrastructure Development and Housing employee who was killed on Saturday morning while driving a John Deere tractor en route to San Antonio, Cayo District, for a community clean-up.

The latest on that incident is a suspected mechanical fault with the vehicle; inspectors are looking over the tractor at the moment.

The fourth incident is the unidentified John Doe found dead on the Southern Highway near Mile 17 with severe head and body injuries at the Southern Regional Hospital. There was an unsuccessful identification attempt over the weekend. The individual is fair-skinned and Hispanic but injuries have reportedly made his face unrecognizable. Police have sent out a flyer depicting his skin tattoos as a means of potentially identifying him. Kindly contact the nearest police station or Crimestoppers at 922.

 

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