A family from San Roman Village in the Corozal District is taking steps to bury one of their own after a fatal traffic accident near the Belize Mexico Border claimed the life of 23 year-old Iris Mabel Chicas.
At around 6:40 p.m. on Tuesday, February 10, Chicas was driving, a grey 2006 Ford Fusion, which belongs to her boyfriend, 28 year-old Ahmad Shah Amini, who was in the passenger seat at the time.
At an area between miles 85 and 86 on the Phillip Goldson Highway, she made an attempt to over-take a van which was in front of her.
She tried to overtake that vehicle around a curve, and at the same time, a cream Toyota Tundra Pick-up was coming in the opposition direction, heading away from the border. That vehicle was being driven by 65-year-old Chawki Karam Eddin who had 41-year-old Muhamade Ahmad Hijize as a passenger in the cab section of the vehicle. In the back, he had 4 other passengers who were sitting in the pan, 36 year-old Jorge Patt, 29 year Eucebio Campo, 35 year-old Carlos Elvir, and 30 year-old Eleaser Gutierrez.
Chicas, who had already committed to try to overtake the van, lost control of the vehicle and hit the side of the van. That forced her to remain in the lane of the pick-up truck, and there was a head-on collision between the car and the truck. In that accident, Chicas was flung through the windshield, and is believed that she died on impact from massive head and body injuries.
The impact caused all of the men in the pick up to suffer varying degrees of injuries. 2 of them, along with Chicas’ boyfriend, Ahmad Amini, had to be transported to the KHMH for medical treatment.
Everyone else survived, and at this time, police don’t believe that the drivers of the other 2 vehicles are to blame for this accident. Chicas was a recent graduate of the University of Belize. She leaves behind a mother and father, and 4 siblings. Her sister is studying abroad at this time.