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Jan 10, 2017

Guatemalan Driver in Court for Jamalski Young’s Death

Eric Rene Salazar Guzman

On Monday night, we showed you the remnants of tragic accident that resulted in the death of twenty one year old Jamalski Young. Tonight, one man has been charged with Young’s death. Thirty-five-year-old Guatemalan Eric Rene Salazar Guzman, a driver of Boom Road, was arrested and charged for Causing Death by Careless Conduct; Manslaughter by Negligence; Driving without Due Care and Attention ; Failing to stop and render aid; Failing to report an accident and Failing to give way to a motor vehicle on a major road. Young was heading to work on his motorbike minutes before nine on Sunday night when the accident happened in front of Lowe’s Store and Blue’s Bar in Ladyville. It is alleged that Young was riding his cycle when a white vehicle reversed and hit him. The cycle combusted and Young was burnt in the blaze. He died shortly after on the scene. At the time of the incident, Guzman never stopped to offer assistance. However, Police located the vehicle by midday on Monday and by the same evening Guzman was detained. We spoke with Guzman’s attorney Darrell Bradley.

 

Darrell Bradley, Attorney

“I think it is a sign of his good faith. These are very difficult circumstances, of course, but he voluntarily turned himself over to the police.”

 

Jamalski Young

Reporter

“What is his nationality, sir?”

 

Darrell Bradley

“The person is Guatemalan. He is a Belizean permanent residence. He has lived in Belize for a period exceeding thirty years. He has Belizean children and has been gainfully employed at his current employment for a period exceeding seven years; so he has very, very strong ties with Belize, just that his birth of place is Guatemala.”

 

Reporter

“Now, sir, one of the matters of the family of the victim was most aggrieved by was that he left the scene of the accident; has he or his family members given you any kind of explanation about what happened? Did he panicked? What exactly happened?”

 

Darrell Bradley

Darrell Bradley

“Well the situation of course was one of panic and fear. And I think that, again, it is a difficult situation but it is an understandable situation. This person went and told an individual. And the individual advised him, you know what the best thing to do is to go to police and that is what he did.”

 

Reporter

“Sir, what is the next step for your client? When is the adjournment for the matter?”

 

Darrell Bradley

“He has to report back to court on the thirteenth of March and you know that these matters take some time. There has to be a preliminary inquiry in the Magistrate’s Court and then the matter, because it is an indictable offence, will be tried in the Supreme Court.”

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