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Jul 2, 2015

Mother Killed in Peculiar Accident While Saving Children

Myra Carbajal

A peculiar accident claimed the life of a mother and left two of her children and two others injured on Wednesday night in Santa Elena, Cayo. It happened at a church were the congregation had gathered for the evening service. Somehow, a parked vehicle moved from its position in front of the church, crashed through the gate and crushed thirty-eight year old Myra Carbajal, before coming to a complete stop. Carbajal was rushed to the San Ignacio Community Hospital where she passed away shortly after. The minors were injured when the gate of the church fence fell on them. Duane Moody reports.


Duane Moody, Reporting

Worshippers at the Spring of Living Water Pentecostal Church of God in Santa Elena are tonight traumatized by a fatal accident on Wednesday night that claimed the life of one of the church members. The fragments from the shattered headlights and the damaged metal gate remain on scene as the telltale signs of the tragic accident. Just after seven p.m., following the evening mass, members of the congregation gathered in front of the church, but within the confines of the fenced yard. Moments later, a pickup would come crashing through the gate of the fence and crushing thirty-eight year old Myra Carbajal, pinning her to the ground.


Reymundo Reyes

Insp. Reymundo Reyes, Deputy O.C., San Ignacio Police

“Police arrived at the area where they saw a vehicle parked in the walkway of the church, close to the building. In front of it was a female with injuries to her left hip and others with minor injuries due to the fact that it is believed that the vehicle somehow moved from its parked position and run into the gate of the church towards where people were gathered and as a result, several persons were injured when the gate dropped on them. And the female, by the name of Myra Carbajal, was somewhat underneath the vehicle with the hip injuries and so forth.”


Church members hurried to their aid and had to manually pull the vehicle off Carbajal before rushing her to the San Ignacio Community Hospital, where she succumbed while receiving treatment. Crystal Noralez was one who came to her aid.


Crystal Noralez

Crystal Noralez, Church Member

“We saw a lady lying on the floor, in front there, and three kids. the gate, some of the guys had the manpower enough to pull the gate off and throw it on the road. And the vehicle was stuck back there. We tried our best to do everything to get the woman to the hospital. We do not know honestly what happened with the vehicle because the vehicle was parked right there and she was about to go home because the driver lives at Hill View. And the vehicle just took a twirl on its own and ended up in the church. It was really horrible. Honestly she lost a lot of blood. She spoke to us honestly but there was not much that she was saying apart from she’s hurt, she is hurt. It was really horrible and everyone was yelling, we need help, we need help.”


Duane Moody

“I understand that part of her was pinned under the vehicle?”


Crystal Noralez

“Yes, she was stuck under the vehicle, but when I reached out here, the guys already pushed the vehicle off of her and the gate was on the road. But she was stuck under the vehicle.”


Duane Moody

“We understand that several minors were also injured.”


Crystal Noralez

“Yes there were…four kids got really injured and the others just got cuts and bruises, but they are okay.”


Duane Moody

“Frightening experience you would say?”


Crystal Noralez

“Yes, it was very frightening. In fact some of the kids are still traumatized and trembling after what happened last night.”


Inside the vehicle at the time of the incident was another church member, thirty-seven year old Sharon Rojas. She reportedly got into the vehicle along with several children, and the police are investigating whether the incident was a freak or traffic accident.


Insp. Reymundo Reyes

“We are trying to establish what actually transpired. The driver of the vehicle is saying yes I was behind the steering wheel, but I did not started the engine. We have people who were around saying yes, I heard when the vehicle was started and suddenly the vehicle just moved off, knocking the gate and running into the crowd. So it is something we are trying to establish what actually transpired last night.”


Duane Moody

“From your expert opinion, would speed have to be involved to have cause the damage that it did?”


Insp. Reymundo Reyes

“Not necessarily. If the vehicle did move off and it shows that it did move because the gate was removed from its position. The vehicle traveled at least twenty feet towards the entrance of the church. But what caused the injuries to Miss Carbajal was that after the impact, she was somewhat trapped between the building and the vehicle itself.”


Duane Moody for News Five.


The injured minors have since been treated and released from the hospital.

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