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Tourist dead after fatal car accident

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An American national lost her life yesterday during a road traffic incident on the Philip Goldson Highway between miles forty-one and forty-two.  77-year-old Carolyn Moxley Gillis was one of seven passengers in the red Ford van when the driver experienced a blowout and lost control of the vehicle.

An American national lost her life yesterday during a road traffic incident on the Philip Goldson Highway between miles forty-one and forty-two.  77-year-old Carolyn Moxley Gillis was one of seven passengers in the red Ford van when the driver experienced a blowout and lost control of the vehicle. according to Assistant Commissioner of Police, Joseph Myvett, the other passengers survived with varying degrees of injuries.

ACP Joseph Myvette, Head, Crimes Investigation Branch: “On yesterday’s date shortly after 3:30pm Orange Walk police were called to the scene of an accident between miles 41 & 42 on the Philip Goldson Highway where upon arrival they observed a red in color van on the right hand side of the road when southbound with extensive damage to the roof and also observed a female fair complexioned person lying on the side of the road apparently motionless- she was later identified as Carolyn Gillis, 77 years American national. What the police know so far is that the van at the time was being driven by Henry Gillett of a Belize City address and he had taken a group of tourists somewhere in the north and was returning to Belize City when he apparently suffered a blowout to the right rear tire which caused him to lose control and the vehicle overturned several times during which Ms.Gillis was flung from the vehicle. Several other family members, six to be exact who had also been in the vehicle, also received varying degrees of injuries and some of them are hospitalized at the Northern Regional Hospital along with Mr.Gillett. He has so far been served with a notice of intended prosecution.”

Reporter: Where are they know ? They’ve already been released, the others I think they suffered minor  injuries.

ACP Joseph Myvette, Head, Crimes Investigation Branch: “Yeah some were minor injuries, some were very minor injuries so they were released.” 

Reporter: But there are still some others in the hospital right now. 

ACP Joseph Myvette, Head, Crimes Investigation Branch: “Yes as far as I was briefed yes.”

According to the driver, 38-year-old Henry Gillett also known as Pulu Musa, they were returning from a Lamanai tour in the rented vehicle when the incident occurred.  He alleges that when the blowout occurred, one of the tourists grabbed the steering wheel in an attempt to help but that reportedly made it worse.  Love News understands that the passengers were returning to their cruise ship when the incident happened.

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