The island’s medical fraternity is in mourning following the death of a doctor from injuries he sustained in a two-vehicle crash along the Orange Bay main road in Hanover on Friday.
The deceased is 30-year-old Brandon Dixon, who worked at the Lucea Health Centre and at Cornwall Regional Hospital.
Dixon, who resided at Sewell Avenue in St James, was a past student of Manning’s High School in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland.
Police reports are that about 2:30 pm, Dixon was driving his Toyota Axio motorcar along the roadway when it collided with a Mitsubishi motor truck near the Orange Bay Housing Scheme.
Motorists alerted the police of the crash and on their arrival, Dixon was seen with multiple injuries inside his vehicle.
He reportedly succumbed to his injuries at the scene of the crash.
The truck driver and a passenger received minor injuries and were assisted to hospital for treatment.
Dixon’s death plunged his co-workers at the Lucea Health Centre into mourning.
According to Dixon’s LinkedIn profile, he was a medical officer who also served at the Cornwall Regional Hospital since January 2018.
He specialised in neurosurgery, otalolaryngology and general surgery, his profile stated.
Also mourning the loss of the medical practitioner was President of the Medical Association of Jamaica (MAJ), Dr Brian James.
“The MAJ mourns the loss of our young colleague who was reportedly killed in a motor vehicle accident yesterday (Friday),” tweeted James on Saturday.
“We support the family of Dr Brandon Dixon in this time of immense grief. We urge Jamaicans to use our roads with caution. The carnage must end,” stated James.
On Friday, Health and Wellness Minister, Dr Christopher Tufton, also expressed sadness at the news of the young doctor’s death.
“So Sad about this,” he tweeted in reaction to the news.
Several other social media users paid tribute to Dixon, and expressed condolences to his family members.
“RIP Brandon Dixon. Sigh, another of my classmate gone, another past Manning’s student dying by a car crash,” shared Twitter user, @solo_levelling.
Another Twitter user, Latoya Williams, wrote: “Condolences to the family and friends… Jamaica’s healthcare lost a member… sigh.”
@dnalor8 expressed concern about the many fatal crashes on the island’s thoroughfares since the start of the year.
“Something is wrong… So many deaths on the roads especially in the western side of the island. Lord cover us!” the individual tweeted.
On Facebook, Stacey-Ann Campbell commented: “One of my doctors at the health centre. (He) was so nice”.
Sharlene Johnson-Banton observed that, “So many fatal crashes happening man. We need some serious intervention; more police at crash hotspots, more monitoring, more rigorous and careful issuing of driver’s licences.”
She went on to describe Dixon as a “very friendly” and “humble” doctor, and expressed condolences to his immediate family members.
“There is not many words I can say that can bring his family comfort, but all I can say is pray. My condolences. This one is really hard, especially when it’s someone you interacted with before,” she wrote.
Statistics released by the Road Safety Unit (RSU) in the Ministry of Transport and Mining on Monday revealed that a total of 105 persons had then perished in motor vehicle crashes since the start of the year.
At least eight of those victims, including a popular Youtuber, Lexian ‘Lexi D Bess’ Williams, died in crashes that took place between Friday, March 18 and Sunday, March 20.
The RSU said on Monday, that fatalities and fatal crashes had increased by 15 per cent and eight per cent, respectively, when compared with the similar period in 2021.
So far males make up 81 per cent and females 19 per cent of the road fatalities that have been recorded since January 1.