On Thursday July 16th the Ministry of National Security hung black bows on their doors in solemn memory of one of their fallen brothers 33 year old PC Carlos Orio, an officer attached to the Special Branch, who died in a fatal traffic accident the night before. According to reports Orio was driving a blue four door toyota vehicle on the Spanish Lookout road when upon reaching near Koop Sheet Metal, Orio lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle veered off to the left side of the road before it slammed into the street lamp. There were two others inside the vehicle, both residents of Buena vista village including the Chairman of the Village Eddie De La Rosa. Both were transported to the La Luma Luz hosptial in San Ignacio where they were treated for non life threatening injuries. Carlos Orio however, reportedly died while being transported to the hospital. Evidently there were several broken beer bottles at the scene of the accident. Police however have yet to establish if alcohol played a role in the fatal accident.
Inspector Reymundo Reyes, Deputy OC San Ignacio – “At this moment the post mortem is being conducted, as per procedures we obtain samples to send to the National Forensic Service to determine whether alcohol was a contributing factor but we could say that because of the rain and speed, that is when the driver lost control of the vehicle and caused him to run a certain distance and then the vehicle started to slide and collided into a lamp post. It is still under investigation, right. Persons who were on board the vehicle would be invited to the station so that we could interview them and see what they have to tell to the police as to what actually transpired before the accident.”
Family, friends, and colleagues, congregated today at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Belmopan where PC Orio was honoured with a state funeral. Col. George Lovel, CEO in the Ministry of National Security, says PC Carlos Orio will be someone difficult to replace at the Police Department.
Col. George Lovell, CEO Ministry of National Security – “We are truly saddened by the sudden and untimely passing of PC Orio. I would like to, on behalf of the Hon. John Saldivar, Minister of National Security and all members and staff of the Ministry of National Security, send our sincere condolences to the Commissioner of Police and all members of police, the Special Branch in particular, who he worked with for quite some time and had been a dedicated and well respected, hardworking employee of the Special Branch, who I’m quite certain, are grieving from this sudden passing of PC Orio. He was a friend of mine, so I know him personally and so I feel it quite well and I’m grieving with them on his passing.”
Reporter – “I understand that he was recently suggested to move up his rank.”
Col. George Lovell – “Yeah, it’s quite some time and I thought that he was already promoted, I was surprised when I heard that he was still a PC. I don’t know if this is something that the commissioner will look at and sometimes they would still bestow the rank upon you even though you have passed but we will see if this is something that can be considered.”