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Dec 29, 2014

2 Children Knocked Down

Herber Yacab

A pair of siblings, seven year Herber and ten year old Diana Yacab were the victims of a traffic accident on Boxing Day. The duo was hit by an SUV heading towards Belize City as they crossed the highway to welcome their mother home last Friday. The vehicle was driven at the time by Rodolfo Mendoza, of Duck Run Three in the Cayo District, who by all accounts could not avoid hitting the children. Herber received injuries to the forehead above the left eye with abrasions to the leg, but it was his sister Diana who was badly injured by the impact. She received two large cut wounds to the head and forehead and abrasions to various parts of the body. They were both rushed to the Western Regional Hospital where Herber was treated and released, but Diana remains hospitalized.  News Five understands that she is bleeding internally and has acquired an infection. According to Officer Commanding the Belmopan Police Formation, Mendoza has since been served with a notice of intended prosecution.


Supt. Howell Tillett, O.C., Belmopan Police Formation

“Sometime around two-thirty, thereabout on Friday, the twenty-six of December, we received information of a traffic accident on the George price Highway between miles thirty-seven and miles thirty-eight. It involved two kids, two kids were knocked down. One of them was treated and released the other to my information is still at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. The driver of the motor vehicle was one Mister Rodolfo Mendoza who has since been served with an NIP and a charge of drove motor vehicle without due care and attention and then also the injury; whenever we receive the medico-legal form, the charges will follow based on the doctor’s findings as to the level of injury.”


Duane Moody

“From what we were able to understand the kids came running across the highway from behind a bus. Did you guys receive any information like that?”


Supt. Howell Tillett

“No we don’t have that it was from behind a bus. That is what is being reported, but we don’t have anything or any evidence to show that.”


Duane Moody

“What is believed to have led to this accident given the investigation so far? Was drinking involved?”


Supt. Howell Tillett

“No, no, no. According to what we have thus far, the kids attempted to cross and stopped and then they continued again and the driver couldn’t help but hit them. Two very young kids; I think it is ten and seven years old.”

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