This afternoon, shortly after midday, the Philip Goldson Highway registered its 2nd fatal traffic accident when it claimed the life of a 47 year old man from the Village of San Joaquin in the Corozal District. While police are still trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together all indications are that the victim was under the influence of alcohol when the accident and that might have contributed to the fatality. Reporter Victor Castillo was at the scene of the traffic accident and filed the following.
Victor Castillo – Reporting
Tonight the remains of 47 year old Ricardo Eustacio Castellanos lies at the Corozal Community Hospital’s Morgue tonight while his family members prepare to lay him to rest.
Castellanos’ life was cut short shortly after midday today when he was knocked down between miles 73 and 74 on the Philip Goldson Highway in the Village of Louisville in the Corozal District. When we arrived in the area police was already processing the scene but the body of the deceased still stretched on the highway in a pool of blood.
CTV3 News understands that Jovanny Carrillo was driving this black Toyota taxi car, from Corozal towards Orange Walk when he knocked Castellanos. According to Carillo, there is nothing he could have done to avoid the fatal accident since Castellanos ran out on to the road.
Jovanny Correa – Taxi Driver
“Me estaba yendo a Orange Walk casi como a las 12:10 y esta persona bidé que venía saliendo de una calle de acá de Louisville e hico la intensión de correré enfrente de mi carro y entonces yo minore y al estar pasando él se tiro como si se iba a tirar al mar, y pues lo golpeé yo oí la bulla y pues por eso es que pare pero intencionalmente yo no lo hice y yo pare porque no quiero que piensen que yo fui el que lo golpeó y lo deje.”
Police believe that Castellanos was under the influence of alcohol and that might have contributed to the accident.
Castellanos resided in the Village of San Joaquin with his grandmother while his mother lives in Orange Walk. Today when we tried speaking with his grandmother she was unable to provide us with an interview since she was still in shock.
Of note is that the name of the driver is Jovanny Correa and not Jovanny Carillo as mentioned in the story. He has been served with a Notice of Intended Prosecution while investigations continue.
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