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Family remembers 18-y-o engineering student killed in crash

Published:Tuesday | January 7, 2014 | 3:50 PM

Chad Bryan, Gleaner Writer

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Nature appeared to be in mourning with the Johnson family as showers blanketed sections of the Corporate Area, while the family attempted to come to terms with the death of their 18-year-old son, Dimario Chang, who lost his life in a motor vehicle accident early Sunday morning.

As the new school term unfolds, the spot in which the young Bachelors of Science engineering student occupied at the International University of the Caribbean (IUC), will now be left vacant.  

The former St Georges College student who graduated in 2012 and who specialised in construction at IUC was a capable and ambitious young man who was described by his parents as quite affable.

“He made a very good impact on people. He was extremely liked. Nobody had anything bad to say about him. As a result of that we have been getting a lot of support. The people at [St] Georges have been very supportive,” said his mother, Kathryn Johnson as she struggled to find words.

Chang’s two other siblings, aged 11 and eight have also not been taking the news of his death well. Their parents, in an attempt to distract them from the tragic loss have kept them focused on watching television and the playing of videogames. However, the reality still exists.

“We are trying to keep their minds occupied. We told them sometime yesterday and they cried and stuff. The 11-year-old is more aware and so he cries more. The eight-year-old will ask one and two question. He went into his (Dimario) room and saw recent pictures and broke down,” Johnson stated.  

She pointed out that she had heard of the tragic news early Sunday morning from a man who worked for her. She then promptly called her son’s cellphone which was answered by the police. They told her she needed to attend the Matilda’s Corner Police station immediately where it was confirmed that her son had died.  

The police confirmed that about 1:15 a.m. Sunday, Chang was driving a Toyota Hiace motor bus along Hope Road in St Andrew when he collided with a Toyota Passo motor car.

Allegations are that the minibus then crashed into a wall and overturned. A Nissan Caravan motor bus was also involved in the crash.


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