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Girl, 8, is among at least 18 people killed in a horrific hit-and-run in Guatemala. The victims of the accurance were mowed down by a tractor trailer. The bystanders had gathered at the scene of the fatal crash just minutes earlier.
. At least 18 people, including an eight-year-old girl, were killed Wednesday night when a tractor trailer plowed into the group of pedestrians she had been amid
. The group had been at the scene of another fatal crash just moments earlier
. Bystanders had gathered on the side of a road in Nahualá after community leader Juan Chávez had been instantly killed in a hit-and-run incident
. Tractor trailer driver Pedro René Lorenzo López, who fled the scene to south-west Guatemala, where he was arrested by the Guatemalan National Civil Police
. President Jimmy Morales declared the Central American nation would be holding three days of mourning as of Thursday
By Adry Torres for Dailymail.com
At least 18 people, including an eight-year-old girl, were killed and nine others injured in a horrific hit-and-run crash in Guatemala.
The tragic incident took place late Wednesday night, when the driver of a commercial tractor trailer slammed into a group of people that were gathering on the side of a highway in the indigenous town of Nahualá.
The residents had rushed to the scene of a previously occurred hit-and-run accident, which had resulted in beloved community leader Juan Chávez' death, shortly before 11pm local time.
According to a witness, the driver’s visibility could have been impaired by a lack of lighting along the 18-kilometer stretch of the InterAmerican Highway.
On Thursday, the National Civil Police announced the arrest of Pedro René Lorenzo López, 28.
According to the Guatemalan news station TN 23, Lorenzo López had passed all of his field sobriety tests. No charges have been filed yet.
Authorities, however, gave no details on where the detained suspect would be transferred to, due to the fear of a revenge-attack.
Before the tragedy struck the unsuspecting bystanders in the town of 65,000 inhabitants, a individual recorded the alarming moment as a cargo truck and a pickup truck rolled over Chávez’ lifeless body.
Numerous people were spotted in the video trying to warn incoming traffic with the flash lights of their cell phones.
Antonio Tomás, who was injured, said that it had just been a matter of seconds before the previous traffic accident site had succumbed to chaos.
“My cousin says that he had only heard screaming, crying and seen lifeless corpses,’ Tomás said according to Guatemalan newspaper Prensa Libre.
Among the victims that had died were two minors, eight-year-old Cristina Katerin Perechu Cotil and Cesar Miguel Ajqui Tepaz, 16.
The other victims were named: Cristina Cojti Guarchaj, 40; Antonia Carac Ixtas, 45; Juana Juliana Lopez Castro, 19; Diego Geremias Balux, 26; Catarina Tay Guarchaj, 56; Salomon Sipac, 19; Maria Tzoc Tambris, 34; Diego Hernesto Ixmata Xocol, 22; Cristobal Tuhul Xocol, 60; Juan Chavez Ajqui, 57; Antonio Jamines Tahai, 64; Miguel Perechu Tambris, who had been in his 40’s; Micaela Lopez Sac, 58; Cristobal Tulul Xocol, 60; Jose Benito Tambris Perechu, 19; Manuel Flabiano Tzoc, who had been in his late 40’s.
President Jimmy Morales declared that the Central American nation would be holding three days of mourning as of Thursday.
As of 5am local time on Thursday, the bodies of most of the victims were returned to their respective families for burial services.
Guatemala’s National Civil Police arrested Pedro René Lorenzo López, the suspected driver of a truck which had run over and killed 18 people on Wednesday night
Investigators and residents huddle around the bodies of 18 people, including an eight-year-old girl which was killed by a hit-and-run truck in the south-western Guatemalan indigenous town of Nahualá
A person recorded the moment a truck runs over the lifeless body of Juan Chávez. Residents were trying to warn incoming traffic on a highway in Guatemala when the driver of a tractor trailer hit 27 people, leaving 18 dead
Pallbearers carry the coffin of one of the 18 people that died in a horrible roadside accident in Guatemala late Wednesday night. President Jimmy Morales declared that the Central American nation would be holding three days of mourning as of Thursday
The tractor trailer (pictured) that had run over 27 people in Guatemala had taken extensive damage to its front bumper
Authorities gave no details to where the detained suspect would be transferred to due to the fear of a revenge attack
Yellow police tape and a shoe lie on the ground at the place where the accident had occurred.
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