2 die following separate road traffic accidents Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 28 March 2018 00:00

On Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at about 8:20 p.m., police officers responded to a report of a road traffic accident between miles 11 and 12 on the Stann Creek Valley road. Upon arriving on the scene, the officers observed a gray Toyota Hiace van with extensive damages to the front portion and a female lying motionless with head and body injuries about 7 feet away from the van. Police also observed an extensively damaged white Toyota Rav4 on the side of the road.

Initial investigation revealed that Oscar Gomez, a 32-year-old Belizean security officer of a Las Flores address, was traveling from Dangriga to Belmopan in the Toyota Hiace and upon reaching between miles 11 and 12, a Rav4 that was traveling in the opposite direction made a left turn and collided into the driver’s side of the van. That resulted in the vehicle overturning multiple times. As a result, Guillen succumbed to her injuries and Christine Urtiz, a passenger, was transported to the hospital where she is listed in a critical condition.

Gomez was traveling along with Maria Esther Guillen, a 58-year-old domestic of Las Flores, Kenroy Gomez, a 10-year-old student of a Belmopan address, and Christina Urtiz, a 25-year-old. The Rav4 was driven by a 17year-old minor who was accompanied by Elisa Hernandez, a 26- year-old domestic of Pomona Village. The minor was issued an NIP.

Three days later on Saturday, March 24 at about 11:54 p.m., police visited Bladden Village between miles 54 and 55 on the Southern Highway. Upon arrival, the police saw the body of a Hispanic man on the highway. He was seen with injuries to the head, apparently dead. They also saw a green car not too far from him. The man was later identified as Jose Maas Cac, a 49-year-old Guatemalan farmer of Bladden Village.

Initial investigation revealed that  Cac was staggering across the road after getting off a scooter when he was hit by the green vehicle which was being driven by Elisabelia Gilharry, a 33-year-old cook of Indian Creek Village, Toledo. Cac’s body was transported to Southern Regional Hospital Morgue.

Toledo police are investigating another road traffic accident. This accident occurred on Monday, March 26, 2018 when Glenda Jones, a 72-year-old resident of Cattle Landing who was walking across the road, was hit by a pickup truck driven by Vicente Cal.

Jones received abrasions to the hands, feet, and forehead. She was transported to the Southern Regional Hospital where she is listed in a stable condition. Police investigation into these matters continues.