Crime — 01 October 2013 — by Albert J. Ciego
Police seek hit-and-run driver in the death of Erron Golanche, 25

Police are seeking Freddy Hernan Villada, the hit-and-run driver of a pickup truck that knocked down and killed Belizean artist Erron Galanche.

Police reports are that Erron Golanche, 25, and his brother-in-law Fernando Ical were travelling on a motorcycle on the Palmar Road in Orange Walk at about 10:45 on Friday night, September 20, when a pickup truck travelling in the same direction slammed into them and ran them over.

In his attempt to flee the scene of the accident, the driver of the pickup drove away with the damaged motorcycle wedged under the pickup. The pickup dragged the motorcycle about 1,000 feet away from the point of impact.

When the truck came to a standstill, police said, the driver jumped out of the vehicle,ran into the bushes and escaped.

As a result of his injuries, Golanche died on the spot, while Ical is recovering in a stable condition at the Orange Walk Hospital (Northern Regional Hospital).

Police have since impounded the abandoned pickup truck and have been looking for Villada. They are asking the public for assistance in their efforts to locate him. Anyone who sees or knows his whereabouts or has information that could lead to him is urged to contact the Orange Walk police, at 302- 2022, or the nearest police station countrywide, or to call 0-800-922 TIPS.

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