General / Weekend News

Several left injured in Friday night’s Southern highway fatality

By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor

Police say last night’s fatal traffic accident between miles 11 and 12 on the Southern Highway has also left a number of persons injured.

Police released the details a few minutes ago, saying that when they arrived at the scene, they saw a cream colour GMC Envoy engolfed in flames, a white Toyota Corolla 4-door car extensively damaged and a green John Deere tractor with a trailor filled with oranges, with no visible damages.

According to police, the GMC Envoy was travelling from Sitter River village to neighbouring Hopkins village, and was in the process of overtaking the tractor when it collided into the white Toyota Corolla which was travelling in the opposite direction.

Placencia tour guide, Mark Leslie and his common-law wife, Myrna Vasquez, 48, who were in the Toyota Corolla, died as a result of the impact.

Leslie’s daughter, Aurora Sanchez 17, of Belize City, who was also in the Corolla, suffered multiple head and body injuries and was initially taken to the Southern Regional Hospital, and later to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH), where she remains in a stable condition.

The passengers in the GMC Envoy, Maria Ortega, 30, Viancey Ortega, 5, and Sabido Pimentel, 20, all of a Santa Familia, Cayo, are receiving treatment at the Southern Regional Hospital. That vehicle’s driver, Delmar Ortega 35, is also in a stable condition at the KHMH.

Driver of the tractor, Cesar Montenegro, 23, of Hope Creek village, escaped unscathed.

Police have not indicated whether anyone has been served with a Notice of Intended Prosecution.

Other reports are that the Envoy burst into flames when it slammed into the Corolla.

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