Well Known Mechanic Dies in Traffic Incident

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Updated: March 31, 2016

A mechanic from Gardenia Village was knocked down and killed last night on the Phillip Goldson Highway. Hipolito Novelo has the story.

HIPOLITO NOVELO

“Forty five year Dean Dawson Sr. is dead tonight. He was hit by a Government vehicle after eleven o’clock last night as he was riding his bicycle between miles 22 and 23 of the Phillip Goldson Highway. He was reportedly on the right side of the highway and heading to Crooked Tree Village.  Dawson was hit by a burgundy Isuzu DMAX Pickup and in the driver’s seat was 34 year old Dorian Pakeman, the Director of the Government Press Office.”

Insp. Juanito Cocom, OC, Ladyville Police

“He was heading from the direction of Orange Walk to Ladyville and between mile 22 and 23 he observed a person riding a bicycle in the same direction who suddenly swerved into his lane. He tried his best to avoid a collision by swerving to his left also but he still collided into the cyclist.”

HIPOLITO NOVELO REPORTING

“What the Officer Commanding Ladyville Police, Inspector Juanito Cocom, shared is what Pakeman told them; but the family has a hard time believing that version simply because tire impressions left on the highway, indicates that Pakeman was on the opposite side of the highway.”

Teresita Abraham, Common Law Wife

“I was also notified by witnesses that the driver of the pickup was apparently overtaking and he was speeding because there is no way that he was not speeding. There was no way that that vehicle would have been damaged. The damage that that vehicle had was as if he hit a cow or a large animal. Dean is a strong built man, he is tall and large so he got hit really hard and there was no way he could have survived those injuries so I’m just hoping that something will happen because it’s a government vehicle and you know how it is with government.”

Insp. Juanito Cocom, OC, Ladyville Police

“All of that is being looked at by investigators. Remember this happened last night and the investigation is very young as we speak. “

Reporter

“Based upon our observation I counted 85 paces before that vehicle came to a stop, the tire impressions from the vehicle trying to stop suggests that it must have been going at a very high speed.”

Insp. Juanito Cocom, OC, Ladyville Police

“All of that is of evidential value and will be presented at court. As the investigation unfolds apparently Mr.Dorian did not have the fault of the accident.”

Reporter

“How could you say that when you just said that evidential value of the tire impression will be taken into account..”

Insp. Juanito Cocom, OC, Ladyville Police

“We will leave that for the court, we will not expound on that here. This is not the forum for that.”

Reporter

“I’m saying to you that the officer commanding Ladyville said today that Mr.Pakeman is not at fault in this situation, how would your respond to that?”

Teresita Abraham

“Well I would be very unsatisfied and he needs to do a thorough investigation because we have a witnesses from a pick up that was in front of that pick up that can testify that Mr.Pakeman was overtaking and speeding.”

 

HIPOLITO NOVELO REPORTING

“Dawson Sr. was a mechanic by trade and a popular one at that. He worked at AQ Belize Auto Rentals for two years.”

Frank Thompson, Colleague

“Anybody that got to work with Dean would have liked him, he could do just about anything. He was very helpful and he was always willing to work. I think this company will miss him in a lot of ways because he did a lot of things.”

HIPOLITO NOVELO REPORTING

“So far Pakeman has not been charged for Dawson’s death but he has been served with a Notice of Intended Prosecution.”

Teresita Abraham, Common Law Wife

“I would expect that charges will be brought against him because he took a life. Yes it was an accident and I understand that there is nothing that I can do or he can do to bring back Dean.”

Reporter

“Has Mr. Pakeman approached you?”

Teresita Abraham

“Yes he did call  and offered his condolences and said that he was willing to take care of the funeral expenses, I do appreciate that but he left families and he left children and he was working and retirement age in Belize is 55 so he still had at least ten more years ahead of him to work so that he could provide for his children. At the end of the day who will compensate for those years that he will not be here. Taking care of funeral expenses don’t cut it.”

 

Reporting for Love News, I am Hipolito Novelo.

As mentioned, Dean Dawson Sr. worked as a mechanic for most of his life. Dawson was employed at the National Fire Service for about ten years before he retired. Operations Officer of the National Fire Service Benisford Matura shared with us his memories of Dawson.

BENISFORD MATURA

“Mr. Dawson was one of our mechanics here at the fire department but he retired about twelve or thirteen years now. For the little time I knew him he was a good fellow. If you had something wrong with your vehicle he would render a little assistance to you and help you in any way he could. It was a shock and this morning when we came to work everyone that knew him word spread that he was killed the night before. Most of us knew him. He was a cheerful fellow, always wanting to enjoy himself.”

LOCAL REPORTER

“Do you know how many years he was working with you all?”

BENISFORD MATURA

“That I don’t know because when I started working here I met him here and he worked for a about two or three more years that I was working here, he then retired and went to the states.”