Five days after 62 year-old Jose Elmer Villanueva tumbled out of a moving, overcrowded J&J Bus which was coming from Benque around 7am on Wednesday morning, he succumbed to his injuries.
The family report that Villanueva had severe head injuries which caused swelling to his brain. Since the incident Villanueva was induced in a coma at the KHMH but around 8:00 on Sunday night, sadly he passed away.
Since the incident, 41 year-old Roman Chan was taken to the Belize City Traffic Court for the offence of carrying passengers in excess of what his bus could safely carry. He pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced to pay a fine of $100.00 but it turns out that he owed the court for a previous conviction of the very same offence. He paid that fine and this new one, and he was able to leave court a free man.
With the death of Villanueva more charges are expected to be levied against Chan. In the meanwhile he has been served with a notice of intended prosecution. We extend our most sincere condolences to the grieving families; Elmer Villanueva was the Uncle of our colleague Fernando Sanchez.
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