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Jul 3, 2008

Popular city businessman dead after his SUV plunged into a lake

Story PictureThe Indian community in Belize is mourning the loss of well-known businessman Sunil Sadarangani, the proprietor of Doony’s Store at the corner of Albert and Prince Streets in downtown Belize City. Thirty-four year old Sadarangani, who made Belize his home for many years, tragically lost his life after his vehicle plunged into a lake in the Los Lagos area around one o’clock this morning. It is an incident that has left his family shaken, the community at a loss, and the police trying to figure out how it happened. Marion Ali was on the scene and shares the details.

Marion Ali, Reporting
This was the scene this morning in Los Lagos as heavy duty equipment operators attached onto a crane the submerged vehicle that Sunil “Doony” Sadarangani was driving then fished it out of a body of water.

Marion Ali
“News Five understands that Sadarangani was returning to Belize City from Corozal and had only made a brief stop in Los Lagos to drop off a friend. It was while coming down this unnamed road that he failed to make the curve and barreled straight ahead into the ten-foot deep man-made lake.”

It’s an incident that has left police startled, since Sadarangani, who was travelling alone, was no stranger to the area.

Inspector Calbert Flowers, O.C., Ladyville Police Station
“At this time we cannot say exactly what caused him to lose control. Our initial investigations revealed that the car was going at a high speed but what caused him to lose control, we don’t know. As far as we know he is very familiar with the streets and he knows exactly where the lake was so we cannot say what went wrong.”

What police can say is that even though residents of the area tried to resuscitate Sadarangani, it was already too late because he had been in the water for several minutes before being rescued.

Insp. Calbert Flowers
“Shortly after the incident happened some neighbours went out and they were the ones who were trying to do some C.P.R. on him, but he was unconscious. From the time they got him out the vehicle, he was unconscious.”

Marion Ali
“Was he injured?”

Insp. Calbert Flowers
“No. No physical signs of injuries on his body.”

Because the body also showed no signs of wounds, police have ruled out foul play.

Inspector Calbert Flowers
“There is nothing to indicate that there was foul play. We believe that he just lost control of his vehicle and went in the lake. We recovered his firearm along with some cash and other items from the vehicle.”

Marion Ali
“So nothing was missing or stolen?”

Insp. Calbert Flowers
“So far nothing. His family members retrieved the items and nothing was missing. Nothing is missing so far. We are dealing with it as a traffic accident and as a drowning but the investigation is still young and is still open.”

The Indian community, still shocked by the loss, declined to offer a comment on the incident and are now awaiting the arrival of Sadarangani’s family from India for burial. Marion Ali for News Five.


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