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Mar 11, 2014

3 year old girl and man killed in Burrell Boom Accident

Ashley Silva

There are three more deaths to add to the growing list of traffic fatalities; so far, there have been at least fifteen accidents since the beginning of the year in which eleven persons lost their lives. Over the weekend, a three year old girl was killed when an incoming vehicle, a Honda CRV, collided into a Kia Sportage she and her family were travelling in. The accident happened at the outskirts of Burrell Boom on Saturday when the village was abuzz with activities of the Belikin La Ruta Maya River Challenge. The death of the little girl is even more painful because it is believed that the driver of the Honda, Lindbergh Tucker, was intoxicated; he also perished in the accident.  News Five’s Isani Cayetano reports.

 

Isani Cayetano, Reporting

A fatal, head-on collision between two vehicles near the outskirts of Burrell Boom Village on Sunday underscores, yet again, the dangers of driving under the influence.  The tragic incident took place during an evening of festivities associated with the Belikin La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge.  First on the scene was a nearby resident who asked to remain anonymous.

 

Voice of: Eyewitness

Lindbergh Tucker

“I mi di come out from my yaad like round five and I mi deh right yah soh by di road when I sih di car mi di cohn fast and ih tek di curve wide.  Wahn next car mi di cohn and ih crash.  And when I sih dat me and wahn bally weh mi deh up so hurry gaan check di people ahn tek out di people and ting.”

 

Three-year-old Ashley Silva is one of two persons to perish in the road traffic accident.  The driver of the white Honda CRV has since been identified as twenty-year-old Lindbergh Tucker.  He too died as a result of injuries received during the crash.  Witnesses say Tucker was speeding when he smashed into a white Kia Sportage driven by thirty-one-year-old Karim Silva.

 

Christopher Noble

ASP Christopher Noble, Rural Executive Officer, Police Department

“We are looking into what may have caused it because the investigation has so far led us to believe that prior to the accident, the driver, who is now deceased, may have side swiped or had minor accidents with other vehicles.  So we are hoping that those persons would come forward, at least for us to have a comprehensive understanding, a better understanding sorry, of what actually happened.”

 

Whatever may have caused the deadly impact is still being investigated by Ladyville police.  It can, however, be attributed primarily to speed and alcohol.

 

Voice of: Eyewitness

“Eena one car di two bally mi drunk.  Dehn bally mi look like dehn dead.  Pan di next car only wahn lady, wahn man and wahn baby.  [Correction] Two lady, wahn baby and wahn man and only di baby mi knockout and di lady mi good.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“So in your opinion the two males in the other vehicle were presumably drunk.  Do you know, if based on what you saw, they were speeding?”

 

Voice of: Eyewitness

“Yeah, dehn mi di cohn fast, like wahn eighty, eighty-five [miles per hour].  Dehn mi gah wah big elephant foot backa dehn car eena wahn cooler, ice and Sprite, everything and dehn mih drunk, drunk, drunk.”

 

While Silva’s airbag may have successfully deployed and saved his life, his daughter wasn’t as fortunate.  Tucker, on the other hand, was reportedly trapped inside the vehicle and could not be extricated right away.

 

ASP Christopher Noble

“It is sad when people don’t listen, people don’t heed, but like I said before, you have to be careful, you have to be cautious in times of celebration.  That is what we need to do, be cautious of the other person, be cautious of yourself.  Know your limit and if you don’t then don’t do it, you know.  My opinion at this point would not be relevant to anything but if you were drinking, if you were smoking, if you were flying, you have to come down to earth at some point.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“There were several checkpoints following the accident.  Can you verify if those checkpoints were in place prior to then or were they subsequent to that accident?”

 

ASP Christopher Noble

“No, no.  The checkpoints were prior.  What happened [is that] we had rolling checkpoints in the area because we were anticipating drivers speeding.  The La Ruta Maya does come with its own challenge and we had adequate personnel and transportation to work the area but, like everything goes, it’s not every time that you have everything covered to an extent that it won’t cause an issue.”

 

In the vehicle along with Silva and the toddler were Marcia and Maroni Blake, as well as Adrian Gentle.  The passenger in the CRV however, remains unidentified. Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

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5 Responses for “3 year old girl and man killed in Burrell Boom Accident”

  1. Lowjack says:

    Well, that’s nothing new, i seen a lot of drunk people
    driving and drinking and smoking weed and they mostly
    young people but see what happens when stupidity combined
    with negligence, the traffic department and police have work to do
    and is time for them to start work no only try to get some
    extra money from those who no got license

  2. David P says:

    My heart aches for the family of the child. I can’t say the same for the drunk driver but I am sure there were people in his life who loved him too and they too may be hurting. As Isani Cayetano rightly puts it this incident “underscores, yet again, the dangers of driving under the influence.”

    Well I’d like to say that it also underscores the danger of living in a country full of stupid @$$ people. Sorry to say this but our problem in Belize goes beyond drunk driving. The source of all our problems is a culture of stupidity! I can understand the desire to want to be happy, to get high, and to enjoy life but the Stupid Bug seems to have a major stronghold on our population and it is causing us to do stupid things to ourselves and each other just to satisfy these lusts. Everywhere in Belize people are making stupid decisions every second of the day. We need a cultural shift to break free from the stronghold of the Stupid Bug but to do so we need to first recognize the gravity of the mess we are in. When we all recognize the $#!% we are in, then maybe we can start working together to try and get ourselves out.

  3. sly deceiver says:

    Breaks my heart to hear that a lil angel died just because some inconsiderate man decided to drive drunk.

  4. Crystal says:

    I think that this is a terrible accident that has happened and because the lack of enforcement in Belize. I think that they should see this as a sign. They have to become more serious in enforcing regulations and laws there. When something like this happen, it mek you question; “Why were the police not having any check point or something?” We need more security in Belize. Wah li baby have to punish for the problems we dih have. C’mon step up and do something. As for the person behind the wheel, it is sad he did pass as well but he shoulda neva been behind the wheel if he wa drink. Enforce rules!

  5. Timber says:

    WOW! WOW! WOW! Before I start, let me offer my condolences to the families of those who lost their lives, including that of the person who, “allegedly” was drunk and caused the accident. Now, am I the only person who has read, evaluated and digested the idiotic comments of our esteemed Inspector Noble? Who died and made him Crime Scene Analyst, Coroner, M.E. (Medical Examiner) or Forensic Pathologist? I’ve read some of the most irresponsible and nonsensical comments from him over the past three weeks when I first started reading the news online. Is he an example of what we have in the upper echelon of our police force? How the hell did he make Inspector? Did he even finish high school or has he even taken courses to enhance his law enforcement knowledge? Unfortunately, he is the epitome’ of what we have as police officers; ignorant and hustlers. They know how to abuse their power and brutalize people. Why is it that this government, or any future governments, haven’t promoted and encouraged enthusiastic officers and vocations in this field? It is known that police officers make $160-$180 weekly and have to hitchhike to and from work and also walk a couple miles at times to their village, only to repeat this arduous task four or five hours later? One only needs to look at our counterparts in the Caribbean, their senior officers and public officials speak with knowledge and eloquence. Yes, their salaries are probably meager ,and yes, there’s corruption, but damn the majority of our police officers can’t even hold a decent dialogue nor write effective sentences! I witnessed a case in court #8 where a young boy off the street made a police officer look so badly that the magistrate was forced to throw the case out, even though all of us in the room knew the young man was guilty as sin. The magistrate even reprimanded the officer telling him that he had just told him about the same issue the previous day in a different case. Do we even have anyone qualified in Belize who can do an on the spot drug and alcohol test at the scene of an accident or crime scene? Do we even possess the technology? This brings me to the inhumane conditions at KHMH and our esteemed pathologist, Dr. Estradaban. His two most favourite causes of death are “death by Asphyxiation and Blunt Force Trauma.” Poor Belizean public, they take anything that is shoved down their throats and don’t ask questions. I even saw an autopsy report where he declared a cause of death as “Crocodile Syndrome.” If you think I’m b.s. check KHMH records for a man who was found in the river and it appeared that either his leg or arm was chewed by a crocodile. Anyone who has taken courses or is in the current field Pathology or anything dealing with Forensic Pathophysiology knows that this is one of the most mindboggling and stressful field. That’s why it is always recommended that there is a rotation with someone else just because of the images and the gross nature of the job. He, Dr. Estradaban has inhaled and drunk too much formaldehyde. I can show you plenty who has become chronic alcoholics in this profession. With a couple years of study and refresher courses I can be hired. However, I probably wouldn’t last long because I wouldn’t accept a paltry salary being offered (esp. looking at those deplorable conditions at KHMH), and I DEFINITLEY WOULDN’T be towing the political line for any party. Look at where our brains are; Dr. Bulwah left, so did Dr. Arana. Dr. Neil Garbutt, before he died, got fed up and left. Many of us who’d want to serve Belize wouldn’t put up with the political nonsense. I’ve had a friend, as well as myself, who have donated small equipment and have given professional advice to KHMH. They took my friend’s expertise, suggestions for better administrative and operational procedures , manuals etc. They welcomed all of this until basic enumerations were discussed and then they shunned us. Problem is ” Cruffy wah to much ting fi free.” I, personally have given laptops, clothing, shoes to a couple of friends who have been using their own time and resources to try to get some of our young men and women off the streets. These are the programs our government should be investing in, instead of lining their pockets. We need to encourage our kids, create mentorship programs, career days ( So that we have decent police officers, firemen, teachers, lay people) offer incentives in trade, farming, etc. We have become a dependent society instead of a self-sufficient one. Like they say in Biology, we have become bottom feeders. Erwin! Erwin! Erwin! It seems as if the negative comments some our associates have said about you were true. Boy, I remember when you first came from Cayo to Belize City and was shy, but sneaky, and could hardly speak English. You and Oscar. Where is he now? Now, I was warned to “run from you” when I see you. I always would inquire about you and reminded them that you were one of the first persons that I ever say exhibit the style of nowadays professional soccer players from when you started SJC in 1979. We thought you were lazy because you never ran outside of a certain area if that ball wasn’t there. Now we see you had the technique that all professional soccer players exhibit. I saw you in Belmopan a couple of times and I did run. LOL. Remember Erwin, absolute power begets absolute corruption. Vaughn my friend, don’t even waste your energy and lower your standards to Boots’ level. You have to excuse him, he has the mind and education of a Std. V student. We all know that his brain is fried and his teeth and mouth have deteriorated from “you know what.” Herman, no hat will fit that dome of yours. There are a couple of diagnoses for your condition, “egolomania and encephalomalacia.” The remedy, a good dose of humility. In the meantime, PLEASE, SOMEBODY PLEASE, get a P.R. person for our police officers and many of our public officials.

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