Screen_Shot_2016-06-20_at_8.03.51_PMTonight the music industry is mourning the death of a well-known DJ from Orange Walk Town who lost his life in a tragic accident yesterday morning on the Phillip Goldson Highway.

Sometime around 8:45 a.m. yesterday thirty one year old Samantha Cordova Mendez was driving a white 1995 Geo Prism in the company of her husband thirty four year old Sergio Mendez, Belizean DJ and AC technician, forty four year old Myrna Trejo and fifty six year old Marina Cordova. The group was traveling towards the Corozal District when upon nearing a curve in the village of Buena Vista, a 2005 gold Nissan X-Trail SUV travelling in the opposite direction and driven at the time by twenty one year old Gilberto Sosa, Belizean laborer of Clarke Street Orange Walk Town collided head on into Cordova’s vehicle.

Cordova, who spoke to us off camera, told us that the SUV swerved into her lane and Mendez, who was seated on the front passenger seat, took over the wheel in an attempt to avoid the collision and that was when tragedy struck as the SUV crashed directly on the passenger side of the family’s vehicle resulting in Mendez’s immediate an untimely death.

Second in Command at the Corozal Police Station, Assistant Superintendent, Peter Serrano, told us what investigations have revealed so far.

Peter Serrano – Assistant Superintendent of Police, Corozal

“Initial investigation revealed that on Sunday June 19th about 8:45am a Geo car was travelling towards Corozal and a Nissan X-Trail was travelling towards Orange Walk upon entering Buena Vista village by a curve both vehicles collided, three other persons were in the car all of them received injuries and were transported to the Northern Regional Hospital we are yet to ascertain how many persons were there in the initial the male person in the car sustained head and body injuries and apparently died on the spot.”

And while the driver of the SUV is believed to have been under the influence of alcohol, police are yet to ascertain that part of the report.

Peter Serrano – Assistant Superintendent of Police, Corozal

“Blood samples were taken and whenever the results come back there and then we will be able to determine whether it was an intention or not.”

This afternoon Gilberto Uriel Sosa appeared before the Corozal Magistrate Court and was slapped with a number of charges including ‘driving without due care and attention’, ‘Failure to keep as close as possible on the right hand side of the road’, ‘causing death by careless conduct’, and ‘manslaughter by negligence’. Sosa is expected to face an additional three charges after the medico legal form has been certified.

Also travelling along with Sosa at the time of the accident was twenty three year old Rafael Urioste and other individuals who are yet to be identified. As a result of the accident, Samantha Cordova sustained abrasions to both arms and face and to the knees, Gilbert Sosa complained of pain on his chest, Rafael Urioste sustain abrasion on both elbow’s, Mirna Trejo sustained a broken right arm while Marina Cordova received head injuries, a cut wound on her left hand and a broken right leg. They were all transported to the Northern Regional Hospital for treatment and later released.

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