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US Embassy employee dies in Haiti: US

July 2, 2013

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The U.S. government said Monday that an employee at its embassy in Haiti has died following a car accident in the poor Caribbean nation.

A statement written on behalf of the administrator of U.S. Agency for International Development, Rajiv Shah, said that USAID Foreign Service Officer Antoinette “Toni” Beaumont Tomasek died in Haiti on Saturday. Her death came after a car accident on June 26. She was 41.

The statement, issued after an inquiry from The Associated Press, did not give a precise cause of death.

In Haiti, Tomasek worked as a community health specialist who focused in the areas of water, sanitation and education. She began working for the USAID mission in Haiti in May.

The California native and former Peace Corps volunteer joined USAID in 2009, where she worked in Indonesia. Here she set up a program that offered grants to local organizations seeking to prevent and treat tuberculosis.

Tomasek is survived by her husband, Adam, and a son, Alexandre, and a daughter, Amelie.

One of the most impoverished countries in the world, Haiti lacks basic medical services and a relatively modern infrastructure. Fatal traffic accidents are common in a place where road rules are seldom enforced or respected.

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