A two year old child from Orange Walk is recovering at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize City after she was knocked down on Holy Thursday. Off the bat, we will tell you that police seem relatively tight lipped about the situation, so much so, that the accident did not even make it on the police sitrep today. But this is what we have been able to find out. We understand the incident occurred around midday on Thursday on Sapodilla Street and East of Guadalupe Street in Village of Trial Farm.
Reports are that two year old Rachel Chan was crossing the street when she was knocked down by a Ford pickup truck belonging to Christopher Hendricks, the driver of Deputy Prime Minister Honorable Gaspar Vega. But Hendricks was not the one behind the wheel. The vehicle was being driven by a fourteen year old minor who ran over the child. Reports are that the 14 year old is a family member of Hendricks, who allegedly gave him the vehicle to drive. Chan suffered a large cut wound to the forehead and 3 broken ribs.
As mentioned, information is difficult to come by as the child’s family refused to comment on the issue. But sources tell us that the driver of the vehicle did not want to stop and render aid. It was only after the intervention of a resident who lives in the area that he did so.
The resident, according to reports, took the 14 year old out of the vehicle and rushed the two year old to the Northern Regional Hospital where she was later transported to the KHMH for further treatment. The child, we understand, underwent surgery as doctors had to remove her spleen which was badly damaged.
The two year old is recuperating slowly at the KHMH. As for the 14 year old minor, we have been informed that a Notice of intended prosecution was issued to him. He was released on the same day of the incident and so was Hendricks Ford Pickup truck which is a rather odd move on behalf of the police department.
It is expected that the minor will face four charges which include; driving without due care and attention, negligent grievous harm, driving without a driver’s license and failure to report an accident. Hendricks will also be served with a summons for letting the minor drive his vehicle.
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