General — 15 December 2015
Boy, 9, killed in traffic accident

ORANGE WALK TOWN, Tues. Dec. 8, 2015–Gerardo Lopez, 9, a student of Orange Walk Town, died after suffering head injuries when he was knocked down by a motorcycle while crossing the road at about noon Thursday.

The boy was walking home for lunch with his mother at about 11:30 Thursday morning and was crossing the road to buy corn tortillas when he was knocked down and dragged by the motorcycle.

Lopez was taken to the Northern Regional Hospital, where he was admitted in a stable condition; however, he died on Saturday morning due to the injuries.

Assistant Superintendent Selwyn Tillett, Commander of Orange Walk police, reported that the boy was hit by a motorcycle driven by Sixto Martinez, a welder of Guinea Grass, and that Martinez took full responsibility for the accident.

Lopez was taken to the Northern Regional Hospital, where he complained of pain in the head.

At about 7:30 Saturday morning, Lopez died at the Northern Regional Hospital.

Police have charged Martinez with manslaughter by negligence, causing death by careless conduct and driving without due care and attention.

Lopez was buried in Orange Walk Town on Tuesday.

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