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Mar 14, 2011

Robert Burgess dies during highway accident

Robert Burgess

Meanwhile in Ladyville, a night out in the town turned fatal for well known resident, Robert Burgess, who worked as a security officer. Burgess, along with four others, was heading back home in the wee hours of Sunday, when their vehicle ran off the road and ended belly-up along the Northern Highway. Three other passengers were more fortunate and sustained minor injuries while the driver, Rudel Castro, who escaped “scotch free”, has been arraigned in court. News Five’s Delahnie Bain spoke to members of the Burgess family that are grieving the tragic death of one of their own.

Delahnie Bain, Reporting

A fun night out was tainted by tragedy early Sunday morning when a Geo Prizm car overturned several times on Northern Highway. Five friends were heading to Ladyville just after four a.m. but were in an accident near mile eight, which left twenty-nine year old Robert Burgess dead and his girlfriend, twenty-four year old Sochel Sosa hospitalized.

Alrick Smith, Brother of Robert Burgess

“Di bally weh mi di drive weh name Bash seh dat how wah vehicle mi di come middle ah di road and when he swerve from it and he reach di end ah di road, ih get wah front wheel blowout.”

Alrick Smith

Delahnie Bain

“Do you know where they were coming from or where they were going?”

Alrick Smith

“Dehn mi di come from Palm Island.”

The news reached Burgess’ friends and family within minutes and according his brother and niece, they rushed to the scene in disbelief.

Alrick Smith

“Bout four-thirty the morning dehn come wake me up and tell me my bredda ketch eena wah accident. I seh no, I noh believe dat. So when I get di call, I gone and when I reach dah di spot I si di car pan my bredda head. So when ask di people dehn if dah Bobby dat dehn seh yes.”

Voice of: Kayla Sanchez, Niece of Robert Burgess

“I just mi lef eena shock and den di young lady ask me if I want she come fi me fi mek we go and right afta dat she come fi me. But by di time I reach deh he mi done deh pan ih way down dah di hospital.”

Delahnie Bain

“What was the scene like out there?”

Kayla Sanchez

“I si di vehicle wid di four wheel deh up eena di air and di front wheel come off and ih just damaged, total.”

Kelly Bainton

Meanwhile, one of Burgess’ close friends, Kelly Bainton, is having a hard time coping with the news because he invited her to go along on Saturday night but she refused.

Kelly Bainton, Friend of Robert Burgess

“Di whole Friday and Saturday he mi deh home. We mi deh home together and he ask me if I want go dah wah party. I tell ah no ih alright, I wah stay home. Ih ask me if I sure I noh want go. Ih tell me mek I les go ih ah go party. I tell ah no, I noh want go, I wah stay home. den afta four I get di call dah ih ketch inna accident and ih dead.  He dah wah straight up person, he dah wah person weh always give advice. He wah tell yoh noh do dis, noh do dat, no hang round dah person. He wah tell yoh who dah wah bad influence from who dah wah good influence. He talk straight up and thing. He noh hold back nothing. I really miss ah; ih gone too quick.”

Rudel Castro

The driver of the vehicle, thirty-one year old Rudel Castro, was charged this morning with Manslaughter by Negligence, Causing Death by Careless Conduct, Driving Without Due Care and Attention and Driving with Alcohol Concentration above the Prescribed Limit.  No plea was taken and he was released on bail of five thousand dollars. Delahnie Bain for News Five.

The other two occupants of the vehicle were Sebastian Nunez Jr. and Nicole Middleton.

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13 Responses for “Robert Burgess dies during highway accident”


    A common thing in the news about car accidents is that the vehicle suffered a blow-out which causes the vehicle to overturn. Since the GOB will not spend any money at all to better the highways in Belize, then he should at least make it mandatory for every car holders to do an annual thorough check of their cars. If annual checks on vehicles are carried out these senseless accidents and deaths with surely minimised.

    The Northern Highway is a deadly high way at night, small, many curves, foot passengers along the high way and dark as hell, accidents waiting to happen really.

  2. International says:

    GoB and the Prime Minister should be legally prevented from contracting work out to his immediate family members (including his ex-wife). Ducking behind excuses such as her being the only person in the bar in Belize who he can trust does very little to assauge the stink of nepotism! Highly unacceptable though not surprising. One thing has been made crystal clear by the change of government in 2008 – that is that governments in Belize (irrespective of their colors) are their to serve their own parochial self interests and those of their immediate family members and strongest financial supporters. It’s time for seismic shifts in the landscape of the jewel…

  3. Creole says:

    definitely no room at all for errors on that road, especially if drinking. i grew up in ladyville, and have since my share of accidents along the road. from buses, and cars in the river, just minutes before us. and you are so right about people walking, especially through sandhill area, and also sitting on the side of the road. the side is broken, and if you go off its difficult to get back on the road smoothly, and will most likely cause a blowout.

  4. BDF soldier says:

    Its the pup & udp Law firms that should be taken to jail,why?because as leaders they are in charge of making sure that belize have safe roads,why not use some of those milloions from the oil revenue to FIX those farm roads?make sure children all over belize have food?

  5. Stephen says:

    Govt can only do so much, if you heard the man have too much alcohol in him so we need to change the law and let these drunkards spend some time in jail and take away every penny from them for compensation. Also we need to hold insurance more accountable so that those that get caught will have high premium and eventually will not be able to afford insurance so they will stop drive.

  6. Disgusted! says:

    The driver of the car in question was a neighor of mine for many years when I was living in Central America and I can categorically state that he is a very disrespectful person who has no regards for man nor beast when he’s behind the wheels of his beloved car. Also, he is known to drive very recklessly under the influence on a constant basis and is a dare-devil. I speak from personal knowledge and I hope the family of the deceased is given justice and this bastard is sent to prison for a long time to consider his irresponsibilities. This was bound to happen eventually knowing this character!!!

  7. gargatual says:

    Let this be a warning for others that drinking and driving not only endanger your life but the lives of others as well. May you rest in peace Bobby and will see you soon. Will surely miss the way you seem to brighten up a room when you enter. Love always Dorene Pandy

  8. belizeanpride says:

    i believe that a small checkpoint booth on this areas of constant accidents in this narrow highways would bring a relief, any driver caught driving under the influence of alcohol should be charge and his drivers license revoke for at least two year, in the town of santa elena cayo it’s a weekend problem with guys driving like meniacs on the streets drunk and honking their horns if pedestrians are walking alongside the street. i’ve been run into my car by a drunk taxi driver who wanted to escape but i followed him and called police on him. luckily my wife and six months baby son at that time, was in the other side of the car. traffic officers should work even weekends at night shifts also on this street in our santa elena town and maybe in other towns also who see this as a problem to the community safety awareness.

  9. Elgin Martinez says:

    Stephen: Valid point i totally agree with you.

  10. Team Stephen says:

    I agree with Stephen 110%.

  11. Mimz says:

    Drunk driving is a HUGE problem in this country and everywhere else…what the hell is wrong with people?…can’t they see the dangers and the lives they destroy?…mein…I’m out of words with drunk driving

  12. junkman says:

    no comment at this time i will review this case at a later date

  13. Inglebert says:

    I knew that guy and he was cool but thats the way life goes. so sad

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