Man drowns after crashing vehicle in Rio Hondo

69 year old Froyland Peralta drowned yesterday in a freak accident in the Orange Walk district. According to reports, Peralta was at the unofficial border crossing in Santa Cruz Village. This is by the Rio Hondo across from Botes in Mexico. Peralta was by the riverside in his Ford Ranger pickup truck when he apparently put the vehicle in the wrong gear. Instead of driving away from the river, he reversed into it, causing the vehicle to plunge tail first into the river.  By the time rescuers got to him, Peralta had already drowned. His body was found in the pan of the pickup truck.  We understand that one more person was in the vehicle with Peralta at the time of the incident but he managed to survive.

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