General — 25 March 2014 — by Albert J. Ciego

Jesus Chicas, 21, of San Roman, Corozal District, is presently admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital after he suffered head and body injuries in a road traffic accident in front of Carias Cool Spot in Concepcion, Corozal.

The accident occurred at about 8:30 Friday night, between Miles 73 and 74 on the Philip Goldson Highway.

Chicas was driving a pickup, from Corozal to Orange Walk when it collided with another vehicle, an Isuzu Rodeo, being driven by Zamir Herrera, which was travelling from the opposite direction.

Travelling with Chicas at the time was Sebastian Martinez, who suffered a wound to his forehead.

Martinez was treated and released from the Corozal Hospital.

Travelling with Herrera, 20, at the time were his wife, Elisani Herrera, Camilla Garcia of San Jose, and Yadira Tejada, also of San Jose village. All suffered minor injuries and were treated and released.

Police said that on their arrival at the scene of the accident they saw two extensively damaged vehicles on the left side of the road, one of which had overturned on its side.

On the scene, Herrera told police that he had been driving towards Corozal from Orange Walk, and that upon reaching Concepcion, almost in front of Carias Cool Spot, he saw a vehicle coming towards him from the opposite direction.

According to Herrera, when the vehicle slowed down, another vehicle, a pickup, overtook it. The overtaking vehicle then suddenly turned into his lane, causing the collision, Herrera said.

A Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) was issued to Herrera.

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