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Road Traffic Accident results in Cowo sisters drowning in Mopan River

Saturday morning saw a crowd gathered at the banks of the Mopan River in Succotz Village, Cayo District.  It wasn’t a festive gathering but a somber one as residents and authorities struggled to recover the body of two young women.  Reporter, Sitnah Blease has the story.

Sitnah Blease Reporting: The Cowo family is currently mourning the loss of two sisters Yadaneh and Sydney Cowo. The pair was involved in a fatal traffic accident early Saturday morning between Mile 71 and 72 on the George Price Highway. While traveling back to their home in the wee hours of the morning the driver of the vehicle who was reportedly intoxicated and lost control of the vehicle and as a result catapulted into the Mopan River. Maicel Cowo sister to the young women spoke on the tragedy.

Maicel Cowo:Like 11 in the night they went to Benque to buy Ceviche and my mom call Sydney at like 2:30 in the morning and Sydney told her right now they will come and we all fall asleep and in the morning at 7am my daddy went to work and the man that was with them he came walking. We were all sleeping like 8 in the morning, when he come and told us that when he woke up he doesn’t know anything just that the car went to the river.

ACP Joseph Myvette, Head Of National Crimes Investigaton Branch:Some time after 11pm on Friday Night he visited the Cowo’s residence in San Jose Succotz where he stayed for a while before leaving to Benque Viejo with both females and according to him he left Benque Viejo sometime after 4 and was traveling eastbound when he lost control of the vehicle and ran into the river. As a result the vehicle was removed from the river where the bodies of both females were seen motionless. They were both found in the luggage or the Cargo area of his vehicle.

Both Maicel and Myvette accounted the events and explained that Carlos Martinez failed to assist the two women as the vehicle sunk deeper into the river.

Maicel Cowo:I hear he fell asleep at the river and he couldn’t do anything and he just came up and he didn’t tell us anything. We asked why he didn’t help? why he didn’t call us at that time? and he just left and then I call the police and my daddy because he just went to work and he went down with my family and we all went down.”

ACP Joseph Myvette, Head Of National Crimes Investigaton Branch:According to him as soon as he was able to get out because of the strong currents he made his way to land where according to him he passed out or became unconscious for a while, he woke up shortly sometime after 7 am.”

As Police investigations are ongoing Carlos Martinez was charged with having an alcohol concentration above the prescribed limit and driving without due care and attention. As the post mortem results are reviled he may receive additional charges. Post mortem examinations were held today but the results have not been forthcoming.