Teenager dies as a result of hit and run injuries

A teenager has died as a result of injuries he sustained in a hit and run incident. The incident happened almost a month ago on July 27nd in the Valley of Peace Village in the Cayo District.  17 year old Jorge Orellano had been suffering from head injuries and other bodily injuries since then, but passed away Monday morning.  On July 27th, Jorge Orellano and another 15 year old male were sitting on the Valley of Peace Road when they were hit by a Mazda pickup truck. Both teenagers were dragged for a couple of yards and the driver did not stop to render assistance. A passerby took the two teens to the Western Regional hospital. The driver of the pickup truck was later identified as 45 year old Julio Echavarria, a farmer from Valley of Peace. Mr Echavarria was charged with driving a motor vehicle without due care and attention and driving with alcohol limit above the prescribed limit. It is expected that Julio Echavarria will be additionally charged with manslaughter by negligence.

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