General — 12 December 2014 — by Albert J. Ciego
1 dead, 1 injured in Southern Highway accident

TRIO VILLAGE, Stann Creek District–Jexcel Redondo, 25, a bus driver of Bella Vista, died due to massive head and body injuries that he suffered when he was hurled out of his vehicle, which flipped and overturned at about 2:30 yesterday afternoon between Miles 47 and 48 on the Southern Highway.

Police reported that Redondo, accompanied by Lester Enriquez Urrthia, 20, had been travelling from Bella Vista to Punta Gorda in a van when, on arriving between Miles 47 and 48 on the road to Punta Gorda, he lost control of the vehicle.

When police arrived at the scene of the accident they saw the overturned vehicle with four wheels in the air, and Redondo was about 15 to 20 feet away from the vehicle, lying on the pavement, in pools of his blood. The front left door of the vehicle, through which he had been hurled, was open, said police.

Redondo was taken to the Dangriga Hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival. The passenger in the van, Lester Enriquez Urrthia, was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where he was admitted in a critical but stable condition.

Assistant Superintendent Chris Valerio, Commander of Intermediate Southern Formation (ISF), said that the investigation into this tragedy will be delayed, pending the release of Urrthia from the hospital, when he is well enough to give a statement to the police.

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