Erron Golanche, 25, a well-known member of the group “Acafellas”, a graphic designer, a performer on Channel 5’s “Be the Next Super Star” program, and also a feature on SMART’s Prepaid Roaming advertisement in Mexico, was knocked down and killed almost in front of his girlfriend’s house on the San Jose Palmar Road in Orange Walk Town.
The incident happened on the night of Independence Eve, Friday, September 20th, while Golanche and his girlfriend’s younger brother, Fernando Ical, 24, were returning home from a quick errand. He was just a stone’s throw away from home when his life was cut short.
According to eyewitnesses, Golanche, who was driving the scooter, had stopped on his side of the road at the junction with Boundary Road to give way to an oncoming speeding white Dodge Ram pickup truck.
The truck was swaying and weaving across the road.
Reports say that as the pick-up truck approached the Rotaract building at the junction it smashed head-on into Golanche’s scooter, hurling him several feet on to the middle of the road, while dumping Ical to the side of the road.
The driver of the Dodge Ram reportedly never stopped and dragged the scooter for four blocks before he exited from the vehicle and ran off.
Golanche, who suffered severe injuries, died on the spot, while Ical suffered a broken left leg and scratches to his forehead.
The driver of the pick-up, who police strongly suspect to be Freddy Vallada, a Salvadoran, took a taxi and eluded authorities by crossing the border. Police have since impounded the pick-up truck as evidence.
Golanche, who developed his artistic talent in videography and graphic design under the tutelage of accomplished artists, Yasser Musa and Gilvano Swasey, is described as such an excellent talent that he could produce and appear in his own commercials. He was laid to rest in Belize City on Thursday. Police meanwhile, continue to search for Freddy Villada.