Police in Orange Walk are investigating a hit and run incident in Trial Farm Village in which a young man was fatally injured. Investigators believe that the hit and run was an intentional act following an argument that erupted in a bar in the village. The victim has been identified as 20-year-old Julian Garcia who was with three friends socializing at around nine-thirty on Sunday night. It is then that they got involved in an argument with other patrons in the bar. Public Relations Officer for the Belize Police Department ASP Fitzroy Yearwood says that the accused jumped in his black Mitsubishi Outlander SUV and ran Garcia over. Witnesses say the driver ran from the scene, leaving behind the vehicle which was set on fire. Police have detained five persons including two minors as the matter remains under investigation.
ASP. Fitzroy Yearwood, Public Relations Officer, Belize Police Department: “Witnesses are saying that he was driving at a very high speed when he ran over Garcia and crashed into a lamppost nearby. He then made good his escape from the scene and was later detained by police along with three others including two minors. So we have them detained pending charges. Investigators are treating it in the same manner that you suggested because it’s too much of a coincidence that after you had an argument with a group one of those persons may have used his vehicle as a weapon causing his life. At the scene the vehicle was abandoned and they had witnesses on the scene, by standards that gave the police a quick synopsis of what took place.”
Reporter: Were these persons involved in the argument intoxicated ? Drinking alcohol ?
ASP. Fitzroy Yearwood, Public Relations Officer, Belize Police Department: “Well like I said it’s a part of the investigation and I wouldn’t want to speculate anything that was not given to me as a fact.”