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January 8, 2014
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Family struggling after son's death
Chad Bryan, STAR Writer


Dimario Chang - Contributed

A family is now struggling to come to terms with death of their 18-year-old son, Dimario Chang, who lost his life in a motor vehicle accident early Sunday morning.

As school resumes, the spot in which the young Bachelor's of Science engineering student occupied at the International University of the Caribbean (IUC) will now be left vacant.

The former St George's College student, who graduated in 2012 and 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 George's have been very supportive," said Kathryn Johnson, mother of Dimario Chang.

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 playing video games. However, the reality still remains.

"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 became aware of the tragic news early Sunday morning from a man who worked for her. She then promptly called her son's cell phone, which was later answered by the police.

Chang, at the time of his death had been coming from a pool party

The police told her she needed to attend the Matilda's Corner Police station immediately, where it was revealed to her that her son had died.

The police confirmed that about 1:15 a.m., 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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