Pregnant mother and taxi man die from traffic accidents while cop struggles to survive Print E-mail
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Thursday, 11 January 2018 00:00

A pregnant mother and a taxi driver both lost their lives in separate traffic accidents in Northern Belize. A police officer is hospitalized for serious injuries he suffered in a third accident.

Police say that at about 9 p.m. on Wednesday, January 3, they responded to an accident which happened at the entrance of Guinea Grass Village. Their initial investigation is that a 16 year-old minor from the same village was driving a red Isuzu pick-up, and he was heading toward a northern direction on the Highway.

At the same time, 28 year-old Shakira Villanueva, a domestic who also resides in Guinea Grass, was attempting to cross the highway. She never made it because she was hit by the minor in the pick-up. She was rushed to the Northern Regional Hospital, and later to the KHMH in a critical condition. She clung to life until Monday, January 8, a total of 5 days before her injuries claimed her life at the hospital.

The other northern traffic fatality happened on Saturday, January 6, sometime around 2 p.m. Police responded to an accident on the Xaibe/Patchakan Road in the Corozal District, and when they arrived they found a grey Toyota Camry Car. It belonged to 52 year-old Eriberto Tzul, a taxi driver from San Joaquin Village.

Police investigation revealed that he was driving towards Xaibe when he somehow lost control of the vehicle, and flipped and hit a culvert. Tzul suffered serious head and body injuries which claimed his life; he was pronounced dead on arrival after being taken to the Corozal Community Hospital.

The other accident in the north happened on the Belize Corozal Road on Saturday, January 6, sometime around 10 p.m. Police first responders found a Meilun motorcycle, attached to the Guinea Grass Police Substation, and a Ford Escape, both with damages.

Their investigation reveals that 27 year-old Enid Tillett, A Police Constable attached to the Guinea Grass Police Sub-station, was riding the police motorcycle heading toward Orange Walk. The Ford escape, which was being driven by 24 year-old Jesus Enrique Muñoz, a resident of Orange Walk Town, was heading in the opposite direction.

At this time, it is not known what caused the accident, but the SUV collided head-on into the motorcycle.

PC Tillett suffered head and body injuries, and he was rushed to the Northern Regional Hospital. He has since been transported to the KHMH in a serious condition.