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Policeman dies in traffic mishap

By Marion Ali, Staff Reporter

A policeman attached to the Hattieville Police Formation lost his life in a traffic accident on Sunday morning.

The Reporter has confirmed that Sergeant Orlando Cruz, originally from the Cayo district, was driving a motorcycle on the Philip Goldson Highway sometime Sunday morning when he lost control of the cycle on the approach to the Haulover Bridge and slammed into the protective metal barrier. The cycle reportedly got wedged in the barrier, violently flinging Cruz into a ditch, causing him severe injuries. He died moments later.

Officer Commanding the Hattieville Police Formation, Inspector Rochel Chan told the Reporter Sunday that Cruz was a promising and reliable police officer, and that his death is a huge loss to the Hattieville Police Formation and the Belize Police Department.

Chan made the news only last week when he was part of a random search at the Hattieville Prison – a raid that yielded a number of pieces of hand-made weapons and other illegal paraphernalia.

(Pic: Channel5belize.com)

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