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May 17, 2012

4 killed in accident; counselors assist students to cope with loss

On Wednesday morning, four family members were tragically killed on the Western Highway as they headed to Belmopan in a Geo Prizm car. The accident at Mile forty-four is attributed to a downpour on Tuesday night which caused the highway to be slippery and deadly. Nicholasia Tillett, her daughter, grand daughter and son-in-law all perished.  The loss is being felt at St Ignatius Primary where twelve year old Alyssa Smith was a bright standard six student; her peers are struggling with her sudden death. Over at Maud Williams High School, counselors have been brought in to assist the school to cope with the monumental loss of one of their own. Freelance reporter Duane Moody reports.


Duane Moody, Reporting

Nicholasia Tillett

It was a terrible accident early Wednesday morning that claimed the life of four persons from three generations of the Tillett family. Nicholasia Tillett, her daughter Karen Castillo, granddaughter Alyssa Smith and Alicia’s father, Arthur Smith Senior perished after the vehicle they were driving in collided with an Isuzu Rodeo coming from the opposite direction.


Alyssa Smith

Denroy Tillett, Relative of Accident Victims [File: May 16th, 2012]

“I was going on my way to work. I know I loan my car to my sister and rest of family for them to come to the US Embassy. I got a call that there was an accident when I came up here, this is what I found. I questioned the police and they told me that four of my family members died which include my mom, my sister, a young niece about twelve and her dad. My other niece is at the Belmopan hospital right now in critical condition.”


Karen Castillo

The tragedy has left the staff, faculty and students at the Maud Williams High School traumatized as they lost Castillo, the school’s counselor. Arthur Smith Junior who is Castillo’s nephew and was not in the accident also attends the school. To cope with the tragedy, counselors and pastors have been brought in to assist the school.


Cruzita Castillo, Principal, Maud Williams High School

“At the moment we are still in shock about the accident, about her death. When the accident was confirmed—that we knew that she had died—immediately we got assistance from all over the city high schools and I must give a big thank you to those who schools who sent in the counselors. We had Pastor Williams and Pastor Pipersburgh who have always been assisting with the spiritual development of our school. Today also, we had four counselors coming in and they continued with the same sessions so that students could get the support that they need at this time.”


Principal at Maud Williams High School, Cruzita Castillo, says that Castillo will be remembered as a role model and leader.


Cruzita Castillo

“Miss Karen Castillo has been one of our leaders here at our school. She was the counselor; she was the mentor, a mediator, a confidant, a sister, a mother. Every role that she played at our school with our students and our staff.”


Duane Moody for News Five.


Two persons survived the accident: fifty-nine year Canadian national, Corrine Abcock, who was driving the Isuzu Rodeo and another member of the Tillett’s family, twenty-eight year old Monique Robinson. Monique, an Infant one teacher at All Saints Primary School in Belize City has undergone a surgery for injuries sustained from the accident, but is in stable condition.

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2 Responses for “4 killed in accident; counselors assist students to cope with loss”

  1. Alicia Codd/Contreras says:

    To the government of Belize,
    My God how many more people should die before that highway is fixed. This family is a family that i have known for many many years. I had moved to america in the Year 1996 and still resideed here,but they have never been forgotten. Karen my dear u r in better place but u r gone too soon,for ur mom,brother in law and most of all ur mom u all have departed this earth way too soon.Now all our prayers must be with the families that left behind.Monique may God keep u safe and continue to watch over u always.Be strong my dear and i wish i was there to hug u and to tell u that Grandma,auntie,uncle and ur lil cousin is with God and they r now ur guardian angels that will look over u and the rest of families. The government of Belize is to be blame for all these deaths that is taking place on that highway. FIX THE DAMN ROADS AND PREVENT PEOPLE FROM ALL THESE PAIN THEY ARE GOING THROUGH.THIS SHOULD BE FIRST ON THE AGENDA,SO DEAN BORROW AND YOUR CABINET GET TO WORK AND DO SOMETHING CORRECT ONCE IN YOUR MISERABLE LIFE.STOP FOCUSING ON THE UNIMPORTANT AND FOCUS ON THINGS THAT REALLY MATTER.DO SOMETHING GOOD GUYS GET THIS IN ACTION MAKE IT HAPPEN.PEOPLE LIVES DEPENDS ON YOUR APPROVAL TO GET THE ROAD FIXED.

  2. latesha says:

    we all miss u mrs cast one day we will see u again RIP mrs cast

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