Staff Sergeant Abimael Carrillo, had been serving the Belize Defense force for almost 2 decades before he lost his life on a traffic mishap dating back to December 12, 2013. This morning 43 year old Juan Tuyub (a BDF soldier and Carillo’s colleague) was arraigned at the Belize City Magistrate’s Court before Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith, where he stood trial for the death of his BDF colleague.
At the time of the incident, Tuyub was driving a grey in colour Toyota pick-up, while BDF soldier Severio Cowo and Abimael Carillo were sitting on the passenger’s seat. The men were all headed back to BDF base around 1:30 am on a Thursday morning. Upon reaching near a culvert at the intersection of the BDF Price Barracks and the Phillip Goldson Highway, the driver of the vehicle allegedly lost control and drove off the highway.Reports say that the car flipped upside down on a culvert filled with water and trapped the men inside. Rescuers managed to save Tuyub and Cowo in time, however, Carillo was not so lucky. He died about an hour and a half after being pulled out of the wreck.
However, today, Carillo’s BDF colleague, Juan Tuyub, was charged with not one, but three criminal traffic offenses; one count of manslaughter by negligence, one count of causing death by careless conduct and one count of driving without due care and attention. He was offered bail at $5,000 and surety of the same amount, which he was able to meet. Tuyub is due back in court on March 17th, 2014.