Crime

Bus passengers help solve manslaughter case after three years

By Marion V. Ali
Staff Reporter

After three years of no arrests for a traffic accident that ended in death, the passengers on a commercial bus have come forward to assist the police in solving the case.  

Corozal police have arrested and charged Humberto Novelo, the driver of a Tillett’s bus with a slew of traffic offenses in connection with the incident that occurred on February February 2, 2012 in San Narciso Village Corozal, which claimed the life of Jairo Isaias Castillo. 
Sometime after 8:00 p.m. on the night of February 2, 2012, Castillo was walking through the village when he was knocked down and killed, but the investigation never yielded progress because some of the passengers had not given statements until police tracked them down recently.  

Novelo, it is alleged, was driving the bus to his hoouse to park when the incident happened.  He is charged with manslaughter by negligence, causing death by careless conduct, driving without due care and attention, failure to report an accident, and failure to stop and render aid. 

Novelo, reports say, declined to participate in an identification parade, which is his right to do.  Magistrate Hurl Hamilton granted him bail of $5,000 and he is to return to court on May 12, 2015.  His attorney is Kareem Musa.

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