By Ingrid Fernandez
A tragic accident in San Estevan village, Orange Walk town has left a toddler dead, two days after Christmas.
At around 4:40 p.m. on December 27th, 15-month-old Genesis Teresa Medina wandered out of her house and into the street, without her parents’ knowledge.
Witnesses told police that at that moment, a drunken man driving a Gold 1995 Mazda pickup knocked down the toddler dragging her almost a hundred yards and fatally wounding her.
At about 5:00 p.m. that day, Orange Walk Police visited Calle del Sol, where the Medina/Sandoval family resides, in San Estevan and found the body of the one year-old toddler. The child was lying face up on the right side of the street.
The child had a fractured skull and a huge gash on the right side of forehead that measured about four inches, along with scrapes to the chest.
Half-an-hour later, down a feeder road between two cane fields off Fresh Water Creek Road police found the Gold Mazda Pickup with license plates OW-A-00637 abandoned. The driver of the truck was discovered to be Eliseo Israel Larios, a laborer of Trial Farm village.
Larios was detained and charged with various criminal offenses such as ‘manslaughter by negligence’, ‘causing death by careless conduct’, ‘failure to stop and render aid’, ‘failure to report an accident’, ‘driving without due care and attention’, and ‘driving under the influence of alcohol’.