General — 07 March 2014 — by Kareem Clarke

…while others injured in accidents in Corozalito and Los Lagos

Two men from the Toledo district are dead following a fatal traffic accident in Trio in the Toledo District, while a female police constable and two motorists were seriously hurt in separate traffic mishaps in the Belize district.

Police reported that at 7:05 p.m. on Sunday, March 2, 2014, they visited an area in front of the primary school in Trio, where they saw a white pickup truck overturned in a drain. However, no one was seen in the vehicle at the time.

Police said that they then visited the Independence Polyclinic, where they saw the bodies of 25-year-old Wilfredo Jaime, a farmer of Independence, and Antonio Mejia (age unknown).

Police also observed 19-year-old Christopher Gutierrez, another farmer of Independence, who appeared to be in a state of shock.

Gutierrez was transported to the Southern Regional Hospital, where he was later admitted.

Initial investigations revealed that the men were traveling in the pickup and upon reaching in front of the school, the driver lost control of the vehicle, which ran in the drain.

Jaime and Mejia suffered head and body injuries and were transported to the Polyclinic, where they were pronounced dead.

A female police officer attached to the Ladyville Police Formation was also involved in a traffic incident while traveling home after doing duties at a political function in Ladyville.

Today, ASP Chris Noble, O.C. Belize Rural Police, spoke about what transpired. He said, “It happened last night in the area where the Corozalito junction is, on the main Maskall thoroughfare. A female officer from our area was travelling in a vehicle going home after working at a political convention, and got involved in an accident. That officer has been hospitalized with a leg injury, and we are looking into what are the circumstances of it. We already checked the scene. Next, we are going to check the transportation inspections, etc.”

Noble also informed us about another traffic incident – this one involving two motorists who were traveling near Los Lagos on their way to Belize City.

Noble stated, “That accident happened in the early part of the weekend in the late evening. We did manage to find out that 2 persons received injuries to their legs from off a motorcycle. They are currently at the hospital receiving treatment, but I don’t know if they have been released as yet. To comment on who is at fault at this point would be premature. We cannot say if they collided or were overtaking or being overtaken. That is still preliminaries.”

Police said that their investigations into all three traffic accidents continue.

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