Two persons are dead and two others injured following a fatal traffic accident that occurred between miles 46 and 47 on the George Price Highway, near the Hector Silva Airstrip in Belmopan. According to police investigations, sometime around 8:00 pm on Friday August 29th, a grey Chevy Tracker, driven at the time by 20 year old Lenin Mayavan, an Indian Medical student of Ladyville, Belize District, was travelling in the direction of Belmopan, when it collided with a red Mitsubishi Pickup, driven at the time by 67 year old Luis Romero Urvina, a Belizean Businessman, of Orange Walk Town, as it was coming from the opposite direction.
“The Tracker, according to our investigations, swerved into the left lane of incoming traffic, and the pickup hit the Trucker to the side, which caused it to flip over.
Three persons were in the Tracker, two of whom died, and one person was in the Mitsubishi pickup. That person sustained injuries, for which he’s seeking medical attention, at private medical facility, at this time.”
The driver of the red Mitsubishi pickup received several head and body injuries and is believed to have suffered a broken leg. He is currently receiving treatment at a private clinic. The driver of the grey Chevy Tracker sustained minor head and body injuries, while the two passengers, 17 year old Jose Manuel Castellanos, of Belmopan and 22 year old Maritza Rodriguez, an Honduran Waitress, are believed to have died on the spot.
Preliminary indications are that the grey Chevy tracker was seen swerving on the road prior to the accident. The driver, 20 year old Lenin Mayavan, after taking a blood alcohol test, was arraigned in court on Monday.
“We suspect that alcohol may have been the cause of the accident. Blood samples were taken from both drivers,and we still await the results of those tests.
The driver who has been charged is Lenin Mayavan, an Indian medical student of the Belize District. He has since been charged for Manslaughter by Negligence, Causing death by Careless conduct, Drove Motor Vehicle without Due Care and Attention, Drove Motor Vehicle without a Driver’s License, and Drove motor Vehicle with Alcohol Concentration Above the Prescribed Limit, as well as Negligent Grievous Harm.”
He was granted bail in the sum of $10,000. We spoke to the grieving family of Jose Castellano who recounted the moment they found out about the fatal accident.
Esmeralda Castellanos – Sister-in-law
[Paraphrased] “My mother-in-law said that Manuel was not in time. So around nine, nine thirty in the night. all of us were asleep, when policemen came with two girls who know Manuel. Then he told us that [an accident had occurred].
I heard a noise outside. I thought they were fighting, but no. I came outside and I saw my Mother-in-law was screaming, crying., saying her son was dead.
First son went. We will never see him again. When I was feeling sad, he was by my side. He was like a brother to me.”
Meanwhile, Officer Commanding Belmopan Police Station, Howell Gillett, says the department is working on cracking down on drunk driving, by putting in place more checkpoints along the highways known to have a high rate of traffic accidents.