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Aug 16, 2017

Experienced Trucker Loses Life in Mishap on Hummingbird Highway

Winston Dawson

There was loss of life on the Hummingbird Highway this morning. Around six a.m., a terrible accident left one person dead and three others injured. Winston Dawson along with his co-works from Benny’s Home Center left the City en route to Punta Gorda for a delivery of construction material. But near mile thirty-eight near the Hershey Community, with Dawson behind the wheel, their towhead experienced a blow out.  The vehicle overturned and Dawson perished on impact. The season driver is remembered by his family as fun, loving and honest. News Five’s Isani Cayetano reports.

 

Isani Cayetano, Reporting

An experienced trucker lost his life this morning in a fatal road traffic accident along the Hummingbird Highway.  Forty-five-year-old Winston Dawson, an employee of Benny’s Home Center, was on his way to Punta Gorda and was traveling with two others when he lost control of the towhead due to a tire puncture.  The unexpected flat near Hershey Community sent the vehicle careening off the road, overturning a short distance away.

 

Kenworth Broaster

Kenworth Broaster, Nephew of Deceased

“He suffered a blowout on the truck that he was driving, he then lost control and in the accident he lost his life.”

 

Dawson perished on impact.  His passengers, Albert Che, Dorian Buckley and Keaton Pollard suffered varying degrees of injury and were rushed to the Western Regional Hospital for medical treatment.  Reportedly, the men had just left from Belize City and were en route to PG to make a delivery of construction material when the incident occurred.  Dawson’s elderly father was at home in Burrell Boom when he was notified of the tragedy.

 

Godsman Dawson

Godsman Dawson, Father of Deceased

“I see my son talking, but I really neva know weh ih mi di talk bout, but I see ih mek wahn sign and ih seh Winston.  So I ask inside noh, “Ih dead?”  Ih seh yes ih dead.  But ah neva drop to that extent, you know, I feel it because, you know, even though we seh we could stand it, but when death come it’s something that nobody could get used to.  But I have to ask God fu help me co-op with it and I think that I am doing good right at this point.”

 

Winston Dawson has been a trucker driver for most of his professional life, but had only just joined the Benny’s team in 2016.

 

Kenworth Broaster

“I think he’s been with them for less a year.  Before that, he was working with Belize Mills.  He’s a fun loving guy, he works hard, you know.  He’s willing to extend a helping a hand.  It’s unfortunate that he lost his life in an accident because to us he was an excellent driver.  He knows the roads well, he’s been driving for many years.  He used to drive oil trucks as well, so, you know, it has taken the family by shock but these are things we expect sometimes.”

 

While the grieving family is coming to terms with the fate of their loved one, Winston’s father recalls the last conversation they had on Monday.

 

Godsman Dawson

“I spoke to him, you know, I called him and asked him about the weather because I told him that I heard that the radio people said that it was raining.  It would be a rainy day and I called him, ih seh well, well ah neva get he on the phone at the time but he called me back and said, “Dad, ah di check with you, what you mi want.”  And I said, well I told him I was just checking with the weather, ih seh well ih no di rain right ya where I’m at in Ladyville.  But I can tell you, my son was a very humble, nice guy, friendly guy, a working guy.  As a matter of fact he died doing his work.  I could say he was a loved man.  He was always ready to help somebody do something with whatever he could help them do. That was Winston.”

 

Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

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