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A road traffic accident on the night of Christmas Eve claimed the life of one Calcutta Village resident. Tonight the family of 22 year old Armin Nair Rodriguez is mourning his death after he was knocked down while riding his bicycle in the Village of San Joaquin. Reporter Victor Castillo has the story from Corozal.

Screen_Shot_2013-12-27_at_8.16.20_PMVictor Castillo- Reporting

22 year old Armin Nair Rodriguez, a resident of Calcutta Village in the Corozal did not get to spend Christmas with his family as he had promised. Rodriguez’s life was cut short after he met his fate between miles 79 and 80 on the Philip Goldson Highway, just a few yards away from his home.

According to Corozal Police, acting upon information received of a traffic accident in San Joaquin Village they were dispatch to the area where upon their arrival they discovered the motionless body of which was later identify to be of Armin Nair Rodriquez.

Initial investigation has revealed that around 8:40pm, Luis Noriega 34yrs Belizean Driver of San Joaquin Village was driving his black 1998 Ford Ranger pickup from the direction of Corozal Town towards Libertad Village. Noriega at the time was accompanied by two male friends of San Joaquin Village, and upon reaching between miles 79 and 80, the now deceased who was riding his bicycle on the left hand side of the road from the direction of Libertad towards Corozal Town apparently made a U-turn across the road unto his lane causing him to be hit by the pickup where he sustained serious head injuries and died on the spot.

And tonight, the Rodriquez family is mourning the death of their love one. In an off camera interview with mother of the deceased Estelita Rodriquez, who couldn’t control her emotions shared with us how she recalls her son that Christmas Eve.

According to Estelita, Armin was ready to receive Christmas, and had plans to visit his cousins within the village.  The last words to his mother were that he was going to buy a bottle of rum to share with his cousins and the rest of the family. There was when Rodriquez made his way down the Philip Goldson Highway towards the village of San Joaquin when twenty minutes later the family was alerted of an accident on the highway and fairing the worst they headed to the area.

The body of Armin Nair Rodriguez was transported to the Corozal Community Hospital where it was pronounced dead on arrival. CTV3 News understands that a Post mortem examination was scheduled for today. Meanwhile, Noriega was arraigned in court this morning where he was charged for the crimes of Manslaughter by negligence, causing death by carless conduct and driving without due care and attention.  Armin Nair Rodriquez is the eldest of 8 brothers and sisters.

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