Driver Charged for the Death of Jose Villanueva

vlcsnap-2014-06-30-19h53m52s91On February 25, 63 year old Orange Walk resident Jose Elmer Villanueva fell out of a moving Bluebird brown and yellow passenger bus traveling north on the Philip Goldson Highway between miles 12 and 13 near the Burrell Boom junction.

He died five days later of head injuries sustained when he tumbled out of the bus as it maneuvered a curve. Villanueva, according to a fellow passenger, was sitting on the cover of the engine because the bus was overcrowded.

vlcsnap-2014-06-30-19h53m29s120Four months later, police have laid charges against the driver of the vehicle, identified as 48 year old Modesto Lizarraga of a Santa Rita Road address in Corozal Town.

He apppeared before Magistrate Herbert Panton and was read charges of manslaughter by negligence, causing death by careless conduct, and driving a motor vehicle without due care and attention.

Lizarraga was released on bail of $2,500 and will return to court on August 25.

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