Government vehicle crashes after hours


Just before midnight on Friday, April 23, a vehicle assigned to the Ministry of Infrastructure Development and Housing was involved in a road traffic accident. It took place in San Ignacio where the driver of the vehicle reported that he lost control of the vehicle while returning home. As a result, he drove off the road, hit a culvert, and flipped. The driver, Jose Dominguez, indicated to police that he fell asleep at the wheel of the ministry assigned Toyota Hilux, causing the accident.
According to Head of the National Crimes Investigation Branch ACP Joseph Myvett, police responded to the scene shortly after 11:00 p.m. where they observed the overturned Hilux pickup truck. They also met Dominguez, a 42-year-old engineer with the Ministry, who had minor injuries to his body. He was taken to the San Ignacio Community Hospital where he received treatment for his injuries, and samples were taken from him. The front portion of the vehicle received extensive damages, and according to ACP Myvett, Dominguez did not indicate whether or not he had permission or authority to use the vehicle.
Since this accident, a statement was released by the Ministry to clarify the circumstances surrounding the incident. The release indicates that the driver, who has been working with the Ministry for more than a decade, was on a field trip to monitor and inspect ongoing contract works between several miles of both the Philip Goldson and George Price highways. It continues to state that based on police investigations, it was learnt that the driver breached the Ministry’s internal vehicle use policy, and as a result, the Ministry “intends to write to the Public Service Commission recommending that the public officer be suspended without pay and be surcharged for damages to the vehicle.” A number of citizens have made issue that the vehicle was out beyond Ministry working hours, but the release continues to say that notwithstanding the fact that the accident took place after hours, the Ministry clarified that there are times when technical officers will have to be on call outside of normal working hours, and even on weekends to respond to work and road-related situations.