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Jun 19, 2017

Fourth death of weekend a traffic mishap; police were not ‘chasing’ Fabiola Velasquez

Fabiola Velasquez

Still in the west, twenty-six-year-old Fabiola Velasquez lost her life in a traffic mishap in the early hours of Sunday morning while riding a motorcycle along the Valley of Peace Road. The young lady was returning from an event in that western community when she overtook a team of policemen who were also traveling along that stretch. According to Senior Superintendent Howell Gillett, the officers were trailing each other because one of their vehicles was experiencing problems with its headlights. That’s when Velasquez and several other motorists bypassed them. When they no longer saw the resident of Young Gal Bank ahead of them, the officers assumed that she had taken a detour at another cutoff. They eventually happened upon the scene of an accident and observed Velasquez’s motionless body on the side of the road. In the wake of the tragedy, there have been allegations that the officers were in pursuit of the fast food vendor. Today, the Officer Commanding the Belmopan Formation of the Belize Police Department dispelled those allegations.


Sr. Supt. Howell Gillett, O.C., Belmopan Police

Sr. Supt. Howell Gillett

“Sometime after two a.m., our officers responded to a traffic accident scene on the Valley of Peace Road where they observed the lifeless body of Ms. Velasquez.  The ambulance service was called but there was no need because the person was already dead on the scene.  Our police did their investigation there on the scene and it seems that speeding might have been a factor in this accident.”


Isani Cayetano:

“Where was Ms. Velasquez coming from at the time when this incident transpired?”


Howell Gillett

“Well there was a function, a party within the village of Valley of Peace and our officers attested that she was present there before the accident.”


Isani Cayetano

“My understanding is that there have been certain allegations in other parts of the media that suggest that the police vehicles were traveling along the same stretch of road may have been chasing, at a rate of speed, either Ms. Velasquez or other motorists along the Valley of Peace Road.  Can you speak to that?”


Howell Gillett

“Well we got the same information and we were obliged to look into it and I am pleased to report to the nation that the vehicle in question is equipped, it’s a U.S. donated vehicle and it is equipped with a camera.  I personally reviewed the contents of the camera and it showed that there was no speeding any at all throughout the stretch from Valley of Peace into town.  Thankfully the vehicle is so equipped with a camera.”

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1 Response for “Fourth death of weekend a traffic mishap; police were not ‘chasing’ Fabiola Velasquez”

  1. Belizean pride says:

    can we see the clip to be sure cause we want answer these days not just a floppy press release.

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