Pineywoods Academy adds former student Mia Castillo to Hall of Honor

Source: PCA
Source: PCA

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Pineywoods Community Academy in Lufkin has inducted Mia Castillo in their Hall of Honor.

Castillo was a 4-year old preschool student at the charter school when she died last year. Castillo died in an ATV accident in Rapides Parish in Louisiana back in March.

"The PCA Hall of Honor is designed to recognize former students, former staff and community members who have made a significant and long lasting contribution to the PCA," director Bruce Marchand said."[Mia] loved Jesus, family, coloring, reading, riding 4-wheelers, animals and playing on her kindle with her sister. Purple was her favorite color and she loved eating chicken nuggets and Macaroni and cheese."

Marchand also said that the Hall of Honor is a great way to honor Mia's memory.

"We're very excited that--it's kind of a permanent way to rememeber what a wonderful young lady Mia was and a way for people to see her beautiful picture and keep her in mind," Marchand said.

Marchand also said there will be a scholarship fund set in Mia's name for their graduating students next year.

According to the initial KTRE report, Louisiana State Police said the accident occurred around 9:10 p.m. Saturday night near the intersection of Sugartown and Booster Wright Road. The crash involved a 2013 Polaris Razr drive by William P. Antee, 43, of Boyce.

According to Louisiana State Police, Antee accelerated the ATV in a manner that caused the rear tires to lose traction. As a result, Antee lost control of the vehicle, and it rolled over.

Antee refused medical attention, according to Louisiana State Police. Mia was among three juveniles in the ATV with Antee, and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

The other two children were 8 and 11 years-old. Although the 11-year-old only received minor injuries, the 8-year-old was transported to an area hospital

Antee was booked in the Rapides Parish Detention Center and charged with vehicular homicide, vehicular negligent injuring, and careless operation, according to the report.

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