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Two Killed in RTA Out West

A man and a woman were killed in a road traffic incident on Sunday morning just after ten o’clock. The two victims were traveling in a Forerunner SUV with two other persons who managed to survive the highway collision. 51-year-old, Kimberly Griffith and 40-year-old, Elmer Avila passed away while the other two, including Jacqueline Martinez survived. Police say that the driver of the red car was highly intoxicated. Senior Reporter Hipolito Novelo has the story.

Corlet Warren, Family to Kimberly Griffith: “Well the doctor told me that he’s trying but she has multiple fractures and she has internal bleeding.”

Hipolito Novelo, Love News: Holding back tears Corlet Warren, Foster Sister to Kimberly Griffith recounts the moment when doctors informed her that Griffith passed away. 

Corlet Warren, Family to Kimberly Griffith: Her friend that was with her in the accident, she called and she said Ms.Corlet we got in an accident and Kim is hurt. I said ‘How hurt is she?’ and she said ‘talk to the doctor.’ When she said talk to the doctor I said wow this is rough and then the doctor came on and told me what was going on and then he’s trying to help her but he said it’s hard but he’ll call me back and then he called me back and when he called me back he said ‘Sorry Miss she passed. Condolences.’ that was the last thing I heard him say and that was it.”

Hipolito Novelo, Love News: 51 year old Kimberly Griffith of Corozal Town was inside this Grey Toyota SUV along with her friends Jaquieline Martinez and driver 40 year old Elmer Avila of Hopkins Village when they were hit by a red car. It happened on Sunday near the intersection of the Hummingbird Highway and Mariposa Avenue in Belmopan. The driver of the red Honda Civic, Armando Pastroma, was making a turn onto Mariposa Avenue. Pastroma was highly intoxicated says Police Press Officer ASP. Fitzroy Yearwood.

ASP. Fitzroy Yearwood, Police Press Officer: “We know that blood samples have been obtained and hopefully we can say whether or not it’s alcohol related but so far all indications are that it was a factor. The car was driven at the time by Armando Pastrona and yes in the initial remote to me it was confirmed that he was highly intoxicated on the scene. So we have confirmed that the driver of the car that may have caused the initial contact between both vehicles appeared to be highly intoxicated out there to officers.”

Hipolito Novelo, Love News: Pastroma remains in police custody. Avila lost control of the vehicle and as a result the vehicle flipped several times and landed in a drain. Avila died on the scene and Griffith died while receiving treatment.”

ASP. Fitzroy Yearwood, Police Press Officer: “It was with the assistance of the fire department that we were able to remove the bodies from the scene including Elmar Avila who was trapped behind the steering wheel and beneath the vehicle was a body of a female apparently still alive. That person was rushed to the Western Regional Hospital where he identity was learned to be Kimberly Griffith, 51 year old designer of 4th Avenue Corozal Town.”

Hipolito Novelo, Love News: Griffith was beloved by her family and friends as much as she loved Hopkins Village.

Corlet Warren, Family to Kimberly Griffith: “She likes to go to Hopkins. She always goes there with her friend. She always goes with Jaquelin. Always goes.”

Hipolito Novelo, Love News: How would you describe her ?

Corlet Warren, Family to Kimberly Griffith: “Today she was leaving to go to the states. Today she was flying out today. She was to fly out and spend thanksgiving with her daughter and grandkids in Tennessee. I went to her house on Wednesday and then I was there with her and then she came t us on Thursday. She came she braided my mom’s hair ad she left. That’s Thursday evening and she let home to go to Hopkins on Friday and then on Sunday she’s dead.”

Hipolito Novelo, Love News: Do you get angry when you hear that the driver of the next vehicle was highly intoxicated at the scene ?

Corlet Warren, Family to Kimberly Griffith: “No. I put everything in God’s hands. It’s just hard to take the shock that she went like this.”