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Jan 14, 2019

Father and Daughter Knocked Down in Cotton Tree Hit & Run

Ezekial Ortega

There was a near fatal traffic accident on the George Price Highway in Cotton Tree Village, Cayo District. Ezekial Ortega was travelling on a motorcycle with his eighteen-year-old step-daughter, Lillian Sanabria. He had just picked her up from the University of Belize and was travelling to the village when a vehicle hit them from behind. The impact sent Ortega and Sanabria to the pavement, but the driver didn’t stop. Sanabria sustained a gash to the back of the head and was taken to the Western Regional Hospital where she has since been treated and released. Ortega, on the other hand, sustained severe injuries to the head and body and is now fighting for his life at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. A News Five team spoke to Sanabria, who was recovering at her house in the village.


Lillian Sanabria

Lillian Sanabria, Accident Victim

“I just feel when the car bounce we and the car didn’t bring no light from front and back so I neva watch dah back weh happen. So I just feel when the car bounce we and we drop. He was coming so fast that I didn’t see it. When we drop on the ground, he went faster and that’s when I realise. And my father, when a car pass, the helmet broke; that’s when I woke up and my father was cleaning his head. That’s when I got scared and I started to run and ask for help. And there was a man and I asked if he can lend me a call and he told me I am calling the police. And then I saw a lot of blood on me and I said what happened and I started to touch my head and that’s when I touch it and it was bust from here; all over here.”


Duane Moody

“Where were you guys coming from?”


Lillian Sanabria

“I call him to come and look for me because I got to night school and he gone look for me because my friend didn’t reach and her father normally bring us home. But she didn’t reach that’s why I called my father.”


Duane Moody

“What are they saying is his condition?”


Lillian Sanabria

“Well they are saying that he didn’t wake up; he’s still in the same critical that they had him in Belmopan.”


Joseph Myvett

ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch

“The investigation revealed that they obviously were hit from behind by a vehicle which did not stop. A small portion of a blue bumper was found at the scene so police are following several leads in relation to this investigation. Mister Ortega received head and body injuries and is in a critical condition at the K.H.M.H. while his passenger, Miss Sanabria also received head injuries, but she is in a stable condition.”

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