COROZAL TOWN, Tues. Jan. 30, 2018– Gerardo Silvestre Chable, 35, a teacher at Secular Secondary Technical Mexico, Corozal District, was taken to the Corozal Magistrate’s Court yesterday on charges of manslaughter by negligence, causing death by careless conduct, driving a motor vehicle without due care and attention, and driving a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s license.
No plea was taken from him and he was released on a bail of $7,000 and a surety of the same amount, which he was able to meet. He was ordered to return to court on March 21.
Police said that Hermenejildo Patt, 52, a farmer of San Narciso, Corozal District, was riding his bicycle on the road in San Narciso at about 6:30 Saturday evening when he was knocked down by a vehicle being driven at the time by Chable.
As a result of the impact of the hit, Patt fell off his bicycle and onto the road. He was dragged by the vehicle for a short distance from where he was hit. Patt suffered massive head and body injuries. He was rushed to the Corozal Community Hospital, but was declared dead on arrival.
Chable was detained pending the conclusion of police’s investigation.
Police are also awaiting the results of a test of Chable’s blood specimen, a sample of which was collected following the accident, to determine whether alcohol was a factor in the accident.
Patt was the father of 6 children and had 3 grandchildren.