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Weekend News Report – From All Corners Of Belize

Weekend News Report – From All Corners Of Belize
April 22
08:15 2019

UPDATE – Traffic Accident Near The Bus Terminal

Monday, April 22, 2019
A man is dead after he was knocked down in Belize City near the bus terminal on Sunday around 5:30pm. George Baptist, 58, survived the impact but succumbed to his injuries a few hours later while receiving treatment at the KHMH.

According to reports, student Krishaun Villafranco, 19, told Police that he was driving his Chevy car on East Collet Canal when he felt something under his vehicle and realized something was wrong. Witnesses told the Reporter that Villafranco appeared confused, and did not stop until they kept shouting at him that he had run over Baptist, called ‘Indian’ by those who knew him.

Those witnesses and others nearby lifted the vehicle and pulled Baptist out, still breathing but obviously critically injured. Those witnesses kept calling for Police to take Baptist to the KHMH, and there has been criticism that if he had been transported to the KHMH earlier, he may have lived.

Villafranco has been served with a Notice of Intended Prosecution.

Car Runs Off Road Into Many Graves At Lord Ridge

There are reports of an RTA a short while ago at the western entrance to Belize City near the Lord Ridge Cemetery. A black Jeep Cherokee from Belmopan ran into several graves. While there was significant damage to the vehicle and to graves, sources tell us nobody was hurt in the accident.

Belizean Child In MX. Hospital After Near Death Drowning

The Riviera Maya News is reporting that a Belizean child, 4, almost drowned while the family was spending the Easter weekend in Mahahual, Mexico, a popular vacation spot for Belizeans. According to reports the child was washed away by the waves and the family had to call for help from Mexican Marines stationed there. The child was rescued and rushed to the hospital where she remains under observation in stable condition, the Riviera Maya News reports. The family was not identified in the story.

Shooting In St. Margaret Village

Police have detained two men following a shooting last night in the village of St. Margaret on the Hummingbird Highway.

According to reports, around 9:00pm last night (Easter Sunday) Jose Navarette Sr. had just arrived home in the company of his common law wife, brother in law and son David, 3, when they heard a single gunshot wound from outside the home.

Jose Navarette realized that he had been shot in his arm. The bullet, which exited his arm, then hit his son David, who he was carrying at the time, in his leg. Both Navarette and his son were taken to the Western Regional Hospital where they are receiving treatment.

Preliminary investigation suggest that Navarette had been threatened by a man from the village, which led to Police detaining two persons for questioning.

RTA In Benque Viejo

A road traffic accident which occurred in Benque Viejo around 10:00 Easter Sunday night. Sources say that one man, Benigno Kotch, was severely injured and is listed in critical condition at the Western Regional Hospital.

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