By Marion V. Ali
Deputy Commissioner of Police, Miguel Segura, 48, faces six criminal charges and is on suspension from duty following a road traffic accident at mile 71 on the George Price Highway that claimed the life of Yolanda Valencia, 54, and left her cousin, taxi driver, 28 year old Yanie Evan Cu, injured.
Segura was arraigned at the Belmopan Magistrate Court on Tuesday. He was offered and met bail on the grounds that he does not interfere with the witness, that he reports to the Benque Police Station every Friday, that he appear at every court date, and that he is not charged for any offense while on bail.
His case was adjourned until October 9th and Segura was granted bail of $6,000 plus one surety of the same amount.
Segura, who was exposed on an amateur video recording at the accident scene zipping up his uniform pants and putting a cigarette in his mouth, is charged with manslaughter by negligence, causing death by careless conduct, driving a motor vehicle without due care and attention, negligent grievous harm, driving with alcohol concentration above the prescribed limit, and failing to alter direction to give way.
The accident happened shortly after 5 a.m. on Saturday on the outskirts of Succotz Village, just minutes after Valencia, a vendor at the San Ignacio market, boarded the taxi to head for San Ignacio to sell her merchandise.
Police say that when they arrived on the scene they observed Segura’s government issued grey Nissan Pathfinder and Cu’s blue Toyota Corolla both extensively damaged in the front. Segura, it is reported, was heading towards his hometown, Benque Viejo from a night out at the San Ignacio Casino. Cu was driving in the opposite direction and Valencia was seated in the front passenger seat.
Valencia, a single-mother of five, including three young children, died inside the car from severe head trauma. Cu, who also suffered head injuries, is currently in a critical condition with broken hip and arm at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.
Segura, who was the head of the Eastern Division Police Formation in Belize City from January of 2013, was recently transferred to take up a new assignment in Belmopan after he was promoted to the post of Deputy Commissioner of Police.