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Man dies, woman lives in 2 separate road accidents

ORANGE WALK TOWN, Mon. Apr. 4, 2016–Hilberto Coyoc, 40, a farmer of Trial Farm, lost his life, while Julia Arana, 45, of Orange Walk Town, is in a critical condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital after they were knocked down in two separate road accidents that occurred in Orange Walk Town on Thursday and Friday nights.

The drivers who were involved in the two accidents – Benjamin Carrillo, Sr., 60, a labourer of Orange Walk Town, and Hon. Abelardo Mai, UDP representative for Orange Walk South respectively – have both been served with a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) by police.

The first of the two accidents took place at about 8:30 Friday night, when Julia Arana was knocked down by a vehicle being driven by the Hon. Abelardo Mai. As a result Arana suffered a fractured skull and several broken bones in her body.

She was rushed to the Northern Regional Hospital and from there she was taken to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where she has been admitted to ward.

Mai told police that he was driving from Corozal to Orange Walk, when on his arrival in front of the San Martin Gas Station, he knocked down a woman who was crossing the road. He reported that he braked to avoid hitting her, but did not succeed. He assisted in transporting her to the Northern Regional Hospital.

She was then identified as Julia Arana, the mother of Nissan Arana, an elite cyclist and Cross Country rider.

The second accident took place at about 9:30 Saturday night. According to police, Hilberto Coyoc was walking on the road near the Trial Farm road junction, where Diamond Restaurant is located, when he fell on the road and a passing vehicle rolled over him, causing massive head injuries.

Coyoc was taken to the Northern Regional Hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival.

Benjamin Carrillo, Sr., told police that he was driving on the highway when he saw a man lying on the road. Carrillo said he maneuvered the vehicle in an attempt to avoid hitting the man, but was unable to do so.

According to police, blood and urine samples were taken from Carrillo and submitted for analysis to determine whether he was intoxicated at the time of the accident.

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