By Marion Ali
Businessman, Raul Magaña Jr., 35, is reeling from the loss of his common-law wife and his three-year-old son who were killed in a traffic accident.
The accident occurred around 3:30 p.m. on Monday at mile 27 near Biscayne Village on the Philip Goldson Highway.
Magaña, was driving a Toyota Land Cruiser fromñOrange Walk Town towards Ladyville when he lost control of the vehicle and ran off the road.
Magana’s common-law wife, Lisa Li and their three-year-old son, Raul Lee Magaña were seated beside him on the passenger side of the vehicle when they suffered a rear wheel blow-out and ran off the highway before it overturned several times and landed on its roof in nearby bushes. Li and baby Raul were flung violently from the vehicle as it summersaulted off the highway.
Magana later explained that he, his wife and child were travelling with two mechanics returning from Orange Walk where they had some business to attend to and were coming home when he felt something wrong with the vehicle. As he started to slow down and pull over on the shoulder of the road Magaña said the tire exploded and the vehicle swerved out of control. In his attempt to avoid a head-on collision with a lamp post, he swerved and the vehicle started to flip. When it finally came to a halt, Magaa said, his wife and their son were no longer seated beside him. By the time Magaña found Li she was already dead. Their son was still alive, however, but died moments later, in his arms.
One of the sobering factors that this incident has brought to the fore is the importance of engaging seat belts when travelling. In this case, he admitted during an interview, no one in the vehicle was wearing a seat belt.