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Jul 7, 2008

Three die in weekend traffic accidents

Story PictureIt wasn’t only guns that claimed lives over the weekend as separate traffic accidents have left three dead and several injured. Starting in the north, Orange Walk police have detained one person for questioning following a collision between a pickup and a van. Police investigations reveal that around twelve-thirty Sunday morning twenty-eight year old Ernesto Castillo was driving a Ford Ranger pickup on the San Lorenzo Road. In the pan of the vehicle were fourteen year old Ernesto Nah, eighteen year old Noel Lopez, twenty-one year old Lenon Magana, and nineteen year old Michael Moreno. The young men were flung from the truck when a blue van travelling in the opposite direction collided head on into the truck. Police say they arrived on the scene to find Castillo trapped inside his pickup, his passengers littering the streets, and the driver of the van missing. The fire department had to be called in to remove the computer technician out of the vehicle, but it was too late to save his life and Castillo was pronounced dead on arrival at Northern Regional Hospital. His passengers sustained head and bodies injuries. Police have detained the person believed to be driving the van.

Meanwhile, an incident at mile seven on the Northern Highway appears to be a hit and run. Ladyville police report that when they visited the area around six a.m. on Saturday they found a Hispanic man lying lifeless on the side of the road. He had a large cut wound to the middle of the head and both his arms were broken. The body was later identified as twenty-three year old Angel Chicas, a resident of Buttonwood Bay Boulevard and a student of U.B. Police investigations have revealed that Chicas was walking on the right hand side of the road around three that morning when a vehicle travelling in the same direction came from behind, knocked him down, and fled the scene. Authorities are looking for the driver of the vehicle and encourage anyone with information to please contact the nearest station.

On Saturday, San Ignacio police were also called out to the scene of an accident.
Around two-fifteen that morning police visited an area between miles sixty-nine and seventy where they saw a Toyota 4 Runner on the left side of the road and a yellow Kawasaki motorcycle on the right. In the bushes off the highway, they discovered twenty-seven year old Carlos Cassanova of Benque. Police investigations reveal that the 4 Runner, driven at the time by San Ignacio Police Office Michel Cob, and the motorcycle driven by Cassanova collided head-on. The cyclist was pronounced dead on arrival at San Ignacio Hospital. Police are say they are investigating.

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