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Jan 17, 2022

A Customs Officer Perishes in RTA Near Hattieville

Rudolph Williams

A well-loved and respected customs officer is the latest victim of a fatal road traffic accident. It happened over the weekend when Rudolph Williams was traveling along the George Price Highway towards Belize City. The journey from Big Creek to the Old Capital is a lengthy drive, and Williams was much closer to home when he lost control of the sports utility vehicle that he was driving. News Five’s Isani Cayetano reports.

 

Forty-three-year-old Rudolph Williams Jr. lost his life here, near mile seventeen on the George Price Highway.  The well-known customs officer was stationed in Big Creek and was on his way to Belize City on Saturday night when he lost control of the vehicle he was driving.  The mangled Nissan Armada came to rest off the shoulder of the road after overturning several times.

 

ASP Fitzroy Yearwood

ASP Fitzroy Yearwood, Communications Director, B.P.D.

“Police responded to a fatal traffic accident scene between miles seventeen and eighteen on the George Price Highway where on the scene they found the lifeless body of custom officer, Rudolph Williams and white Nissan extensively damaged.”

 

Estella Leslie is the Comptroller of Customs.  According to her, Williams had recently taken up the post as officer in charge at the Port of Big Creek.

 

Estella Leslie

Estella Leslie, Comptroller of Customs

“We had just put him as the officer in charge of Big Creek, he was stationed out there as an enforcement officer for customs, but when the officer in charge was transferred back in August 2021, we left Mr. Williams there as the officer in charge because he was, like I said, he was an exemplary officer when it comes to getting the job done.”

 

The forty-three-year-old was heading home to Belize City where he would have been on vacation when tragedy struck.  Williams perished at the scene of the accident, less than twenty feet from where another fatal RTA happened sometime before.

 

ASP Fitzroy Yearwood

“Initial investigations revealed that he was traveling alone in that vehicle when he lost control of the vehicle and it overturned several times.  He was flung from that vehicle, resulting in his passing.”

 

Rudolph Williams joined the Customs and Excise Department at the age of twenty-five.  By all accounts, he was diligent and well-respected among his colleagues.  His career as a public officer saw him being transferred to several locations across the country.

 

Estella Leslie

“He was a part of customs family from November 18th, 1997 when he joined the department as a Customs Tally Clerk.  He then transitioned to a Customs and Excise Examiner Grade II in June 1998.  He was transferred, like every other customs officer throughout his career.  He was transferred to several of the outpost stations, including Santa Elena, Corozal, Benque Viejo.  He was transferred to Consejo, San Pedro and to Big Creek where he was at the time of his death.  He was the officer in charge of the Big Creek Station.”

 

Rudolph Williams

In remembering Williams, the Comptroller of Customs spoke of his competence, particularly in the area of enforcement.

 

Estella Leslie

“We’ll remember him as an enforcement officer.  Once you had anything that you want him to do when it comes to enforcement, he would be that officer to go out there.  He wasn’t afraid to enforce the Customs and Excise laws.  So I would call on him when I get any information about any incident in the Big Creek Station. I just want to express condolences on behalf of the Belize Customs and Excise Department to his wife, Marcy, his children: Nigel, Courtney, Kriston, Kelsey and Paris, his dad, Rudolph Williams Sr. and his mom, Jeanette Longsworth, as well as his entire family. I just want to express condolences.”

 

Isani Cayetano, reporting for News Five.


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