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Aug 16, 2021

Jaylon Alvarez Dies in Traffic Accident

Jaylon Alvarez

There was also loss of life in Santa Elena Town in western Belize. A nineteen-year-old resident died after the motorcycle he was riding collided with an SUV near the junction of Branch Mouth and the Loma Luz Boulevard. What is not certain at this time is who was behind the steering wheel. While Valdemir Lino has been arraigned and charged for a slew of traffic offenses, including manslaughter by negligence, the family believes that his common-law-wife Noemi Godoy was the one behind the wheel and they are asking for justice. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.


Duane Moody, Reporting

He was travelling on a motorcycle on the Loma Luz Boulevard when he was hit by a SUV reportedly coming from the other direction. Nineteen-year-old Jaylon Alvarez was fatally injured and pronounced dead at the San Ignacio Community Hospital.


Felicia Alvarez, Mother of Deceased

“From my son twelve years old he know fi drive everything, everything. So he could neva di overtake wah vehicle if the vehicle is coming from Santa Elena to Cayo. That vehicle had to knock my son so hard that ih shoulder broke, his eyes come out, ih foot broke – oh mien. I noh know what else to say. I just need justice. He was well known. He was a football player. He not even start his life yet; he was just about it. He had lotta dreams. He wasn’t working at the time, but he do ih lee thing round and round. He was a jovial person, always make yo laugh…ih noh give trouble.”


Felicia Alvarez

Even as she identified her son in the morgue at the hospital, Felicia remains perplexed because Jaylon, who was living in Cristo Rey Village, was on his way to visit her when the tragedy occurred.


Felicia Alvarez

“He was coming to Santa Elena to lef off the cycle where he borrowed it from, but he never did reach his destination.”


Joseph Myvett

ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch

“What di police know so far is that Mister Lino was travelling into San Ignacio Town from the direction of Santa Elena when he made a left turn in a southerly direction, into the oncoming lane of the motorcyclist and colliding into him. As a result, he then drove another hundred and fifty feet before coming to a stop and came out along with others and tried to render assistance to Mister Alvarez who was on the ground.”


Travelling in the Ford Escape SUV were Valdemir Lino and his common-law-wife Noemi Godoy; Godoy received some injuries, was treated and released from the hospital. Today, Lino was arraigned for the incident, but the family believes that Godoy was the one behind the wheel.


Felicia Alvarez

“When I reach, the lady wanted to come see the family and she no you can’t; you cannot go and see the family right now. So my belief is wah cover up hafto di happen. I get a phone call this morning stating that they didn’t take the vehicle to the station. I just want find out where the vehicle is because it needs to be at the station. It need it fu deh deh.”


Duane Moody for News Five.

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