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May 18, 2016

OW Resident Killed in Road Traffic Accident

Richard Orellana

An Orange Walk resident was killed last night in a traffic accident on the Phillip Goldson Highway. The driver of the vehicle that crashed into Richard Orellana is police officer Roberto Teck from San Narciso, Corozal. They were traveling in opposite direction when Teck reportedly came into Orellana’s lane and collided head on. Orellana died on the spot and it is suspected that Teck was intoxicated. While he survived the impact, Teck remains tonight in a critical condition at the K.H.M.H.  News Five’s Duane Moody reports.


Duane Moody, Reporting

The vehicle debris that lies on the right hand side of the Phillip Goldson Highway between miles forty-one and forty-two marks the spot where a fatal road traffic accident took place after six on Tuesday evening. Just outside of Carmelita Village, Orange Walk, Richard Orellana was killed when a vehicle traveling towards Belize City, crashed into his Ford Explorer pickup.


Nicholas Palomo

Insp. Nicholas Palomo, Deputy O.C., Orange Walk Police

“A blue Ford Explorer bearing orange Walk license plates and at the time it was being driven by Richard Orellana who was apparently dead on the driver’s side seat with half of his body lying in the middle of the two front streets. That vehicle was positioned on an east to west direction of the road on the right hand side to Orange Walk Town. About thirty feet away on the opposite side of the highway, there was a silver in color Kia Sorento bearing Belmopan license plates and at the time it was being driver by Roberto Teck, Belizean police officer. Initial investigations reveal that the blue Ford Explorer with Orange Walk license plates was traveling from a south to north heading to Orange Walk town and the silver Kia Sorento bearing license plate from Belmopan was traveling in a north to south direction heading to Belize City.”


Orellana was heading home to Orange Walk after conducting business in Belize City when a Kia Sorento SUV, driven at the time by Police Officer Roberto Teck, entered his lane and slammed head-on into his vehicle. The forty-nine year old was crushed behind the wheel and died on the spot. The impact sent the Ford Explorer pickup into the rear of another vehicle that was parked on the right hand side of the highway. Inside that third vehicle was Phillip Waight.


On the Phone: Phillip Waight, Vehicle Damaged in Accident

“I had pulled off the road probably around somewhere after six because I was there for a while. I was there sitting down reading some texts and responding and there for a little while when suddenly I heard a loud bang and felt my vehicle jolted. Upon getting out the vehicle a bit disoriented, I noticed two vehicles smashed up and banged up and then I notice that the rear end of my vehicle was mashed up a bit. I got out called 911 and then my wife after which some guys who were in the back of a pickup truck, some workers going to Corozal, stopped and rendered some assistance to the two guys in the vehicles. They went across to the first one, the guy in the pickup—I think it was Mister Richard—and they found that he was dead. Then they went to the other vehicle, the grey vehicle—that was the police man—and they pried open the vehicle and they took him out and laid him on the side of the road. Both vehicles were extensively damage; as a matter of fact, the grey Kia Sorento started to catch fire. As a matter of fact that was what made it so urgent from the guys from the pickup to go and assist because that was on fire so they had to try and get the guy out of the vehicle as well as out the fire so that it didn’t get worse.”


Orellana is a father of three children and was the breadwinner for his family. They were notified of Orellana’s demise by a friend shortly after the incident occurred.


Kishure Makishani

Kishure Makishani, Relative to Deceased

“My nephew received a call from his friend saying that there is a blue pickup involved in an accident near Caribbean Farm and it looks like the guy was dead. That’s when my nephew called me and I conducted further investigation and I came to know that yes, it was Richard and from there we moved.”


The San Narciso resident and police officer, Roberto Teck, was rushed to the Northern Regional Hospital via ambulance before being transferred to the K.H.M.H. in a critical condition. It is believed alcohol may have led to the fatal RTA. In an incident minutes before, another driver reports that he swerved off the highway and crashed into a lamppost to avoid colliding into Officer Teck, who had been driving recklessly.


Kishure Makishani

“He had gone to do some errands for me in Belize City; he was coming back from Belize City. The way this has happened is the most awkward way, but this particular vehicle, which was involved in the accident, apparently was being driven by a drunk police officer. I’m not sure about his name, but definitely the guy was drunk. And he was involved in actually three accident at the same spur of the moment. To our knowledge, this vehicle was going from orange Walk to Belize City. That vehicle passed a stationary vehicle; the owner of the vehicle is Mister Phillip Waight. That vehicle was stationary and he actually saw this vehicle veering out of control. What happened was that there was a green pickup which didn’t want to go head-on with this vehicle so they ran into a post. So I am not aware what happened to the driver, but that driver report that the same silver vehicle came back like it was coming back to Orange Walk. Upon my interview with Phillip Waight, he told me that there was a next truck with workers that had to avoid this vehicle. And the truck driver stopped and spoke to Phillip Waight and said the guy is lucky; this is before the second accident.”


Insp. Nicholas Palomo

“The police officer’s blood sample was taken from him so we have to wait for the results and when the postmortem is conducted on the driver of the Ford Explorer, Mister Richard Orellana, we will also test him for alcohol concentration.”


Kishure Makishani

“I hope the investigation is done in the right way. Our family is a Christian family and we believe in destiny ad all. We don’t wanna press charges, but we just want the truth to come out. This really is a lesson for all these people who drink and drive. I know there’s a lot of commotion when it is especially a police officer drinking. I don’t want to target them; I am just stating the facts as it is. These guys are protecting the law and they themselves break the law.”


Teck remains hospitalized in a critical condition at the K.H.M.H.  Duane Moody for News Five.

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1 Response for “OW Resident Killed in Road Traffic Accident”

  1. R Noble says:

    First of all ,how could an officer be drunk and driving, second how can he pass through orange walk police station without be notice of his condition? believe me people this will go on until all police officer
    and high ranks are been replace with new discipline and well train police officers.

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