Woman Claims Police Officer Stole Money After Road Traffic Accident

Woman Claims Police Officer Stole Money After Road Traffic Accident

A woman who was in a road traffic accident on Monday is claiming that a police officer stole her money. Twenty-eight-year-old, Ana Pineda, a resident of Santa Rosa Village in the Stann Creek District, was driving home from Placencia yesterday afternoon when she had a blowout and crashed. The incident happened just outside Santa Cruz leaving Pineda knocked unconscious on impact. She awoke at the Southern Regional Hospital but said she did not stay long because she was not severely injured. However, when she started checking her belongings, she realized that three thousand dollars, her salary for the past month, was missing. She asked a nurse and learned a police officer had given the hospital staff her ID, which was in her wallet along with her money.

Ana Pineda, Accident Victim: “That was before entering the roundabout in Santa Cruz. The pedestrian ramp that was there after crossing that one going down the tire burst and the vehicle just followed itself into our road and with the hit I was directly was unconscious and I believe because of the empty bottles in the car people expected that I was drunk but I was not. What actually happened is that my tire – and my tires weren’t 10/10 to be honest so I understand that. When I woke up I was in the ambulance. I called the nurse who assisted me and asked her who handed her my ID and she said it was an officer, the police officer from Santa Cruz she said the officer had my social security card in his board which means this police officer went through my documents and my personal belongings before anybody else. The nurse told my mom “Save your daughter’s money because there’s a lot of money in her wallet.” I had $3,000+ in my wallet from work, those are my gratuity for the entire month of working. When I woke up I was heading to Dangriga. I only spent like thirty minutes in the hospital in Dangriga. I got treated fast, they just put me on some drips, did an x-ray to check my bones everything was perfect it was just the impact and my head. So when I came back I came home I didn’t have my phone with my, one police officer had it. When I came and opened my belongings my money was gone.”

Pineda says that she was drinking but was not intoxicated at the time of the accident. She added that she knew her tires were not in the best condition. Despite this, she says police did not take a statement or request a sample from her to check her blood alcohol level, and that she would have willingly complied if they did. Pineda says a friend had recovered her phone from the Santa Cruz Police Station, but the officers claimed they knew nothing of the money.

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