14 year old knocks down toddler in Orange Walk Town
There was a road traffic accident in the village of Trial Farm in the Orange Walk District last Thursday. RTAs are very common, but the circumstances surrounding this one are not. A fourteen-year-old minor was allegedly given the keys to a pickup truck to run an errand. He was doing that when he knocked down two-year-old Rachel Chan and seriously injured her. Orange Walk Police have wrapped up their investigation into the matter and will summon the minor and the adult he alleges gave him the keys. That man just happens to be the driver of Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega. Christopher Hendricks denied giving the keys to the minor, but following a Police investigation, the decision was made to charge him in court. Today, Police Constable Roger Briceño gave us the details of the case.
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PC Roger Briceño, Orange Walk Police Department
“It was at about twelve-forty-five p.m. that I received information of a victim at the Northern Regional Hospital Emergency Ward who suffered injuries as a result of an accident. I proceeded to the hospital where in the ward I observed a female baby, two years of age, Rachel Chan, who had a large cut wound on top of her forehead coming down all the way to her temple. Police investigations reveal that a minor was driving a Ford F-150 pickup on Sapodilla Street, Trial Farm Village, from the direction of Mahogany Street toward the Philip Goldson Highway when he knocked down this baby that was on the street-side.”
“Could you tell us about the circumstances in which this minor came to be driving this pickup?”
PC Roger Briceño
“A statement was recorded from him and he stated that he was given the key by an adult for him to take some pieces of wood that would serve as firewood to his home, and that is how he came to be holding that key and having access to that vehicle.”
“Have you all done further investigation to talk to the adult to see if that story bears up?”
PC Roger Briceño
“Most naturally that would be denied by the driver, the adult I mean, the owner of the vehicle. The investigation has concluded and that’s the reason why defendant summons have been prepared and that will be served shortly and the case has been set for Tuesday the twenty-ninth. That is the day the people are expected to go to the court.”
The minor, who we are told is fourteen years old, will be charged for driving without due care and attention, negligent grievous harm, driving a motor vehicle without a driver’s license and failing to report an accident. The owner of the pickup, Christopher Hendricks, will be charged for allowing a person to drive while not being the holder of a driver’s license. Two-year-old Rachel Chan was transferred to the K.H.M.H. where we are told she is listed in a serious but stable condition.