Police name Brac road victim

| 22/01/2009

(CNS): Update – Police have named the young man who died in the early hours of Thursday morning, 22 January, following a car crash in Cayman Brac. He was 23-year-old, Eric Dannie Dixon. The RCIPS sends its condolences to his family and friends. His passengers, two men in their 20s, were also injured in the crash. The 21-year-old suffered serious injuries and has been airlifted to the United Stated for treatment. The 23-year-old passenger remains at Faith Hospital where his condition is said to be stable.

A sergeant and an accident reconstructionist from the Traffic Management Unit in Grand Cayman are on route to Cayman Brac to assist with the investigation into the crash.

The 911 Emergency Communication Centre received a call from an off-duty special constable at around 1:10am this morning reporting a one vehicle crash on West End near the Texaco gas station. All emergency services responded to the scene and found that a Silver Nissan Primera had collided with a parked car.

Officers would like to hear from anyone who saw or heard the crash, or who saw the Nissan Primera prior to the crash. Anyone who can assist police should contact Cayman Brac police station on 948-0331.

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  1. Tisa says:

    I pray …. for those who loved him, for those who needed him, for those whose hearts and lives will never be the same, for his friends, for those who never took the chance to know him and for those who did. And even more I pray for those who judged him and who made themselves believe he never cared. I pray for the character and the strenght  he had not to be quickly angered and to accept that everyone is entitled to there feelings. He was my little brother,  but the lessons he taught me and even in his passing the things i’ve learnt, he was so much more than just a brother. I know the reason I was blessed to have him in my life. May we all learn to show compassion and  treat the people in our lives the way we would if we knew how long they’d be here.   

  2. Anonymous says:

    I wish that you all would stop posting things saying that God called him home and it was his time so God took him. If you study the word of God you will discover that God does not bring on death onto us in these tragic circumstances. Deaths such as these are a result of the decisions people make. Do you really think God wants you to "come home" by dying tragically in this way??

    If this guy was born again and following gods will for our lives it would be safe to say he has gone home to be with God. Do we know this for certain?

    Young people need to wake up, especially the young men. They are throwing away their lives.

    • Shelly Smith says:

      Why don’t you people go on with your lives and talk to your young men and leave my brother and our family alone. He is gone and we pray that he is in heaven but again that is not your place or anyone else’s place to discuss. Go take care of your soul!

  3. Anonymous says:

    R.I.P Eric Dixion.  You will be missed. i see u when i get  up there.

  4. Anonymous says:

    R.i.p Eric

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Eric Dixion… May God be with you during this hard time.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Shelly,

    I totally agree with you. What these people need to do is instead of putting down our family is to volunteer their services to help clean up the Paloma mess on Cayman Brac.. Obviously their house did not get no damage. And like what you said, maybe this person grew up with you and i bet you anything, they will be at the funeral try to see what they can see. This person also fails to realize that both Eric’s are family. But don’t worry god is not sleeping. This person also stated how  Eric Dixon should have been offered councelling. If she/he is so good, why the hell they never counsel him. Don’t blame Eric, ask the judge and check the road laws when it comes to accidents. Please let the families of these boys grieve in peace. Brackers have no time to be putting down each other, try so clean up the island. If you see a teenager speeding or drinking, speak to the police or to the child’s parents. you too can make a difference. i have 2 young kids and i pray to god everyday to guide them in the right path. I say to the person/s that wrote nasty comments, please remember your love ones and may god have mercy on your soul.

     

     

    To the families of Rio and the other passenger, may god be with you and may they both get better soon.

     

     

  6. Shelly Smith says:

    RIP Eric….I love you!

    It seems like once again spineless Caymanians are voicing their opinions without knowing anything.

    All my life I grew up in Cayman until 7 yrs ago this year listening to Cayman Brackers to be exact, saying things about each other and each other’s families that just make me sick.

    Aroundthe world we are known as a proud, strong and fair people. But with my brother’s death and these comments by people who are too spineless to use their names just make ashamed to be Caymanian but even more so a Bracker.

    My brother lived with the guilt of Eric Connor’s death since the day it happened. And in all truth we lost my brother that day too as he was never the same. Eric did not force anyone to go with him in either of these accidents.

    As we divide as a people again because of this tragedy I ask you all “Does this bring any of our Eric’s back?”

    The last time I checked, the worst thing you can wish on anyone is death to their loved one. It is sad that in the midst of my grief and that of my family I have to get emails pointing me to this comment page full of spineless and heartless people of whom I am sure I grew up with or I did with their kids.

    I am a mother of 2 boys and if I was to loss them in an accident where they were not the drivers I am sure I would be angry and hurt as well. But I surely would not say or even think some of the things that have been said throughout this tragedy for both families who lost their loved one.

    I along with my family are praying for the other 2 young men as they are still with us and we know Eric would want them to get well. We wish to thank everyone for their prayers and thoughts at this time. My mother has read everything here and it has been very painful for us both to read. But it reminds of what kind of people we call neighbors and friends are really like on the inside.

    Please allow us to grieve and keep your angry thoughts to yourself.

    May you RIP Eric…Son and Brother….We will always love you and you will never be forgotten!

  7. Anonymous says:

    It is such a tragic loss of life, but let us remember the family members at this time who are grieving.  Let us lift them up in prayers, and try to retain the fond memories we all had of this individual.

    No man knows the day nor the hour, so we all have to prepare ourselves for when our Lord and Saviour comes to call us home.  No one embraces death with a welcoming arms, and it’s so unfortunate he gives us no warning.  

    To the many families and friends, continue to seek God in your time of loss.  He’s promised never to leave us comfortless St. John 14.

     

     

  8. Anonymous says:

    In the previous comment starting : "I was not a close friend nor relative," the name should have read Eric Dixon. My apologies.

    • Sara Lee Connor says:

      I just want to thank those for their condolences to my family, they are greatly appreciated!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Really and truly people…just shut up now.  It’s over and done with…those who have bad things to say just keep it to yourself or look in the mirror and bitch at yourself if you feel you have to get it out in the open and those missing him grieve to one another cuz he’s not reading this, he’s too busy making his sweet burgers up in heaven(lol).  Let’s let the poor guy rest now and stop badgering him.  Now I know if we had to put our names (which as you can see i’m following the crowd lol) up on this most of you that been dissing him and bitching wouldn’t be saying the things you’ve said!!!! And you know all those that saying the bad things about him gonna be the first ones to go into that funeral crying and making it seem like they really cared for him.  So like I said give it a rest now…what’s done is done and we can’t change it!!!

       

     

  10. Kay Bellino says:

    So Very Sorry!

    My heartfelt sympathy and prayers go to the family of Eric at this time. I especially send love and prayers to Mrs. Dell, whom I’ve known for so many years. While teaching many of her grandchildren for many years, I often witnessed her love and devotion to them all. Hold on to God, Mrs. Dell. He promises to never leave you or forsake you and that’s a promise you can count on . May God bless you all, Dannie, Tisa, Dawn and Rick. I will continue to pray for all the families that have been affected by this tragedy.

  11. Anonymous says:

    I was not a close friend nor relative of the late Eric Connor, but as a Bracker, it numbed my soul to hear about this tragedy. I came into contact with Eric many, many times, and know that he was a friendly, helpful person. Yes, people are intitled to their own opinions, but at a time like this, we need to remind ourselves that Eric was loved by many. A countless number are now grieving his loss. Accidents are not intentionally done and even though it was an accident, I believe everyday Eric lived with the pain of the accicdent which occured a few years ago. Eric was a good boy, but God wanted him to come home. He was no longer needed on this earth. Everyone please stop the bickering and remember people are hurting and do not need to hear / read your inhumane comments. How would you feel if it was your child, grandchild, best friend etc.  that passed away in such a tragic way? Think before you speak!  Eric is gone but will never be forgotten!

  12. Anonymous says:

    SHAME ON YOU ALL FOR SPEAKING SO EVIL FOR EVIL AGAINST ONE ANOTHER! BRACKAS DON’T LET DEATH WIN! DON’T LET THE DEVIL CONFUSE YOU AND SEPERATE US! THIS IS A SAD END TO THIS YOUNG MAN’S LIFE AND IT EFFECTS ARE TRULY PAINFUL FOR ALL OF US ON THE CAYMAN BRAC. TO THE FAMILIES KEEP STRONG AND SUPPORT ONE ANOTHER IN THIS DIFFICULT TIME AND ASK GOD FOR HIS COMFORT.

     TO ALL OF THE YOUNG MAN’S FRIENDS(BOTH ERICS), PLEASE CHANGE YOUR PATHS OR DIRECTIONS BEFORE ITS TOO LATE!

    1. SLOW DOWN ON THE SPEEDING
    2. CUT BACK ON THE AMOUNT OF LIQUOR YOU DRINK
    3. HANG AROUND POSITIVE FRIENDS AND ENVIRONMENTS
    4. TAKE CONTROL OF RUNNING YOUR OWN LIFE- DON’T LET FRIENDS INFLUENCE YOU
    5. REMEMBER "DON’T DO SOMETHING THAT WILL BRING HARM TO YOURSELF OR SOMEONE ELSE"
    6. USE A DESIGNATED DRIVER WHEN DRINKING

                                                  SAVE A LIFE, STOP SPREADING EVIL!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Our hearts are broken and shocked to know that our famly has lost another family member in a short period of time. Those that may had known of him was to love him for the kind of person he was. Eric was a shy, sweet & humble.  From a young age Eric passion was to go fishing and cook, which all came naturally and you would see him in his grandmother kitchen cooking up a great meal. We will miss you at the Breeze Cafe and Brac Snack Shack for your delicious burgers.

    We pray and ask God to comfort and give us strength during this greving time.

    Eric you may be gone, but will not be forgotten. God took another angel home.

    We’ll miss you.

    Your Cuz M.E. & Family

     

  14. Anonymous says:

    To the person that wrote…" I can think of at least one time he wasn’t thinking about what happened in the past"…….Theonly thing I agree with you on is the fact that this young man obviously was not given the proper counselling he needed to deal with this burden he carried! YOU HAVE NO CLUE what he felt every single day of his life after his friend was killed in a car he was driving! YOU HAVE NO IDEA how it affected him and affected his life so unless you are in that person’s shoes DONT BE SO JUDGEMENTAL! Yes it is sad that he almost again caused the death of 2 innocent people! THANK GOD they are still alive and I pray that they will make a full recovery! But when you have no one or no help to deal with the unbearable burden that this young man must have carried for all these years! When you have completely given up on life altogether, I can understand way nothing mattered or why he didn’t care! It’s the unfortunate effect of having to deal with such a burden as his and not having the proper help. I am not saying that what he did the second time around was right, because no it was not! But I’m trying to say! STOP and think for a minute about how this poor young man must have felt about what he had done in the past! STOP and think about how much remorse he must have felt and how much he wanted to change the past! That was a very heavy burden to carry! One that I know I couldn’t deal with!! The system failed him yes! Everyone failed these young men!! That’s what I think! Stop with all the bashing! Especially if you are in no way associated with either of these families or these two young men that loss their lives! STOP!!!!!!

  15. Anonymous says:

    My condolences goes out to the Eric’s family. I am so heartbroken and sorry for your loss. Eric seemed to be a very sweet person. So quite and so sad. My heart broke for him everytime I saw him. I saw the emptiness in his eyes! I saw the hurt and the feeling of complete and utter loss! Of being completely alone in his anguish and misery! To the HEARTLESS & SOLELESS person that wrote "Maybe if the young man who tragically lost his life last night had been adequately punished when he killed a 15 year old passenger in another accident of his on the Brac a few years ago, he and his luckless passengers of last night would not have ended up in this situation. " GOD HAVE MERCY ON YOUR SOLE! That was a mean, nasty and hurtful thing to say at a time like this! I understand that you might feel an eye for an eye, but don’t think for one second that this young man did not suffer every single day of his life from what happened to his friend a few years earlier. He did! You only had to look at his face and you could see the pain, hurt, regret, sorry, anguish! I am so sorry that either of these young men had to lose their lives in such a tragic way, and I pray that the other 2 young men that were involved in this recent accident will make a full recovery. I am so sorry for both of the families that have to deal with the loss of their loved ones. I have a child and while I am so thankful to God that I still have him here on this earth with me. I do know that if I were to lose him it would kill me and I would be equally angry if it was someone else’s fault. But at the same time, I know it doesn’t help anyone to spew out hurtful nasty insensitive comments and be mean at a time like this. We all need to come together as a community and as one neighbour to another and try and help each other and our kids! Teach them right from wrong! And teach it to them from a young age. I feel so sorry for both of the young men that loss their lives. Both families are suffering in more ways than one. So please don’t post nasty comments like that. No matter how you feel! Think before you speak, because you only add more pain, anguish, hurt and misery to an already unbearable situation.

    God bless both families or both young men! And let’s look at the big picutre here and remember that our children need our guidance. They need someone to talk to. They need us to tell them right from wrong. They need us even when we think they are big enough to deal with things on their own. We can’t bring back either of the young men. All we can do now is try to learn from all this unhappiness and tradegy. And be there for our children ALWAYS!

  16. Sara says:

    *R.I.P Eric Dixon* :'(   I MISS YOU SO MUCH CUZ!!

    Eric Dixon was NOT a bad person, he would’nt KILL ANYONE, u people r heartless to think he would juss kill a 15 yr old boy & almost take his own, u people should be ashamed, yes eric died but NOT because of the past, it was his time to leave and he did, even IF he was punished God was goin to take him anyways!!

    You people need Jesus!

    * i just hope you people look upon this story, & really think about the next time u get behind the wheel*

    p.s Mr Nah-me u are so true bout that - "God needed an angel so he did indeed take Eric!!"

     

  17. Richard Wadd says:

    If only we spent as much time in support of Law as we do defending those who break it. 

    This was a tragedy indeed, for it clearly demonstates a FAILURE of  justice, not only for the victims of this accident, but the previous one that this young man was involved in.

    Call a spade a spade. One wonders how someone who was involved in an accident that ’caused death by reckless driving’, was even behind the wheel of this car? Clearly the Law has failed him and his victims, both present and past.

    Unfortunately, he obviously hadn’t learned his lesson before, and once again others are made to pay the price for it.

    Out of tragedy CAN come good though, no life should be wasted in vain. Use this as a lesson to fix the flaws that have been revealed to us all.

    We pray for all persons touched by this tragedy. 

     

  18. Mr. Nah-me says:

    *God needed an angel, so he took you Eric!*

    I miss u so much cuz!!

    I would just like to correct this story!

    The vehicle hit the blue car and slammed into the cement column, Eric was in the driver seat, & one person is the passenger seat & the other in the back!

    The other victim that was flown out tonight to jackson memorial hospital, is doin ok i got a call from the mother saying he just got out of surgery, he’s breathing on his own & he moved his arm and his toes!!

  19. Anonymous says:

    r.i.p eric!
    gone but not forgotten!
    "this is the latest in a long…" i am sorry, no actually i’m not sorry for saying this!
    But, sadly you are a very HEARTLESS person! Eric had to live with the hurt & agony of the accident which took place a few years ago for the time he lived after. No one knows how it burdened him! I’m sure not one day went by that he did not think about what happened in the past! I pray for you that God may forgive your cold heart! Secondly, do not comment what you do not know! A fact is a fact & your opinion doesn’t count or isn’t needed! Get the facts straight then comment! It’s so sad that we have such heartless people living in this world! People like you are who we need to get rid of! & i ask God’s forgiveness after saying such a thing. But, the truth is the truth & it will always set you free! God bless you all & may God bless the hearts of you mourning.

    • Anonymous says:

      Quote from another post: "I’m sure not one day went by that he did not think about what happened in the past! "

      I can think of at least one time he wasn’t thinking about what happened in the past…  When he was driving way past the speed limit with passengers in his car again.  I know he was young, and don’t get me wrong I feel sorry for his family, but what about his passengers families?  Why couldn’t he learn?  I think people have a right to be angry about this tragedy.  Everyone is entitled to their own feelings, emotions and opinions.  I also feel that adequate punishment was not passed down to Eric after the other Eric’s death.  I also feel that he was not counselled.  He should have been made to get help, and before he got another chance to get back behind the wheel of a car, the police, his parents, etc, should have made sure he was ready.

      Bracka’s we need to learn from this.  How many more of our people do we have to lose before we realise that speeding kills.  And let’s not forget the destruction and pain it causesthose that are left behind.

  20. Anonymous says:

    My deepest sympathies to his family and friends. May God be with them during this difficult time.

    I hope the type of ignorance displayed by an earlier poster ("maybe if the young manwho tragically lost his life last night had been adequately punished when he killed a 15 year old passenger…") is uncommon. I hasten to remind you, no one can force another into a vehicle. It was an accident. He didn’t kill anyone. That said, that previous incident and the more recent one are both equally unfortunate. I beg of you, don’t cast judgement or add insult to injury. His family is suffering enough.

     

  21. Anonymous says:

    Quite tragic indeed and I deeply sympathise with the parents, both of whom I know.

    I hope I do not appear insensitive but what I have to say relates to a very curious and contradictory policy of the insurance companies. My 18 year old daughter has her drivers license and attends UCCI on varying daily schedules, which confict with both her Mother’s and my own work schedules.  We gave her a hand-me-down (previously Mom’s) Ford Explorer but because it has a 4.0 litre engine (6 cylinder), we cannot get any kind of insurance which allows her to drive the car.  Consequently, my wife and I take turns inconveniencing our very generous employers (and their respective customers) in ferrying our daughter to and from College during our working hours.

    Now, since discovering this insurance restriction, I have researched the types of vehicles involved in fatal accidents, going back a few years (not including motorcycles). I have discovered that 93% of vehicles involved in fatal accidents in the Cayman Islands in the past 5 years have been vehicles with engines under 2.5 liters (4 cylinders), all of which were physically smaller than a Ford Explorer (with that I’m suggesting that the larger-sized vehicle is safer, which is generally, but not necessarily, the case).   With that information in hand, which I am sure every insurance company in the country has access to, I cannot understand the insurance companies’ policy. In effect, they will continue to insure young drivers to slaughter themselves in the ‘pocket rocket’ small cars but not to insure a young driver for a larger, often safer, vehicle simply on the premise that engine capacity alone makes it go faster!!

    Have they not heard of turbochargers (kompressor in Teutonic-speak), superchargers, etc which is now found on many of these smaller engine capacity vehicles but which allows such vehicles to reach speeds that many 6 and 8 cylinder vehicles could never achieve??

    Come on insurance companies, you already have the motoring public at your mercy. The statistics, at least in this country, do not support your policies. Please consider the practicality and the inconveniences caused to your customers. If you want to look out for the interests of young people, restrict them from being able to drive the souped-up pocket rockets.

    Ultimately, of course, very rarely is the vehicle at fault in accidents so it is in fact about the driver.

    CNS Editor, this is a story worth investigating and reporting.

    PS, I happen to own a transportation company and have 10 vehicles insured, resulting in a very tidy annual premium to the insurance company. So imagine my frustration at their upside-down logic.

     

     

     

  22. Anonymous says:

    It is sad to hear such a tragic death to a young and sweep man at that. I know the family and they are very sweet people. It really hurts me to hear these words coming from that person wich of sounds like a family member of the 15 year old boy that died a few years ago, things happen to everyone and no matter what the 23 guy did in the first accident. He had to live with that hurt for many years and i know he was sorry for what happen. So please who ever wrote that message about the late boy that died i pray  and i ask God to forgive you and  to chage your heart. May God be with the familys of the three boys at this time.

    With lots of love to the family of the late boy.

  23. Anonymous says:

    This is very sad.  May his soul rest in peace! God bless.

  24. Anonymous says:

    My heart breaks for the family of this young man. I can’t imagine what it would be like to lose a son or brother in this way. Let’s not be so quick to judge. It is possible that alcohol or speeding caused this, but no one knows for sure yet. I just hope that this time, the young men & women will learn something. My prayers go out to the family in this awful time. Trust in God. He will get you through.

  25. Anonymous says:

    This is the latest in a long line of accidents in the Cayman Islands; frequently the person behind the wheel is young, male and drunk. Most definitely he has the attitude that ‘it can’t happen to me…’ Maybe if the young man who tragically lost his life last night had been adequately punished when he killed a 15 year old passenger in another accident of his on the Brac a few years ago, he and his luckless passengers of last night would not have ended up in this situation. How many have to be killed before the message gets through? Driving past the accident site this morning on my way to work, I was just behind the full school bus which had a bird’s eye view of the crumpled car. Maybe these heinous sights, becoming ever more common, will imprint on the minds of today’s youth and enable the next generation to grow up with a little more respect for themselves and their passengers when they finally get behind the wheel. We can only hope.

    • Anonymous says:

      don’t say that if he had been punished for the accident couple yrs ago that this wouldn’t had happened…this could have happened to anyone and unfortunately this happened to him!! what if this had happened to you?! what would you want people to say about U?! Don’t be sayin stuff like this about him now because he gone and dead!!!

  26. Bracker says:

    Grief never ends, but it changes. It’s a passage, not a place to stay.

    The sense of loss must give way, if we’re to value the life that was lived.

    Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith, It is the price of love.
     

    RIP Eric and our thoughts and prayers are with his Mother, Dawn, during this difficult time.

  27. krista D says:

    RIP Eric

    Love ur cousin
    Kris