Four months after paramedics killed in Jupiter, a daughter struggles


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Jupiter paramedics suspect remains in Palm Beach County Jail

Next court hearing for Jupiter suspect is Nov. 17

While the suspect awaits trial, the widow and 6-year-old-daughter of one of the two paramedics killed four months ago in Jupiter try to move on.

First-grader Allison Besaw is struggling, said Dawn Besaw, the widow of Paul Besaw, who was killed with fellow paramedic Lahiri Garcia on June 1 in an early-morning crash on Indiantown Road.

Allison and her father had been rehearsing for a daughter/dad dance scheduled in Fort Lauderdale. Allison won’t go back to the dancing school where she and her dad regularly practiced since she was about a year old, said her mother.

“A month after (Paul Besaw was killed) I drove her to the school. She would not get out of the car. She started crying. “I miss my daddy so much,” she told me,” Besaw told the Palm Beach Post.

READ: Daughter sings song at Jupiter Medical Center dedication ceremony for dad killed in crash

Genaro Delacruz Ajqui, 39, a citizen of Guatemala living in Jupiter, is accused in the crash that killed emergency medical technicians Garcia, 51, and Besaw, 36.

Jupiter police arrested Ajqui on multiple charges, including DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide and driving without a license on June 15.

Ajqui has been cited three times in the past 10 years for driving without a license and once for not having a license plate on his car. He has numerous traffic violations over the years, according to state and Palm Beach County records.

Ajqui is being held in the Palm Beach County Jail without bond.

Jupiter police have completed their investigation, said Jupiter Police Sgt. Brad Vince.

“The case is in the hands of the Palm Beach County State Attorney,” Vince said.

A Nov. 17 court status hearing at 8:30 a.m. is at the main courthouse in West Palm Beach.

If Ajqui is convicted, he would serve whatever time is imposed by a judge before being turned over for deportation proceedings. If he is acquitted, he could still face deportation hearings. He could also negotiate a plea agreement, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement regulations.

Ajqui has pleaded not guilty to all charges. He is being represented by a public defender, according to Palm Beach County court records. He has had a detainer placed on him by the U.S. Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The fatal crash occurred shortly before 3 a.m. near West Indiantown Road and Philadelphia Drive, just west of Military Trail. The two paramedics had just dropped a patient off at nearby Jupiter Medical Center.

Besaw was wearing a seat belt and Garcia was not when Ajqui crashed his 2000 Chrysler convertible into the ambulance, according to the traffic report.

Dawn Besaw wants to establish a foundation to help victims who have had family members killed or injured by drunk drivers or drivers operating without a valid license or registration.

“I’m trying to find where I can do the most good to make sure no other family has to go through this,” Besaw said.

Garcia’s family has asked not to be contacted by the media.

A handmade memorial, which has changed over four months since the paramedics were killed, is at the northwest corner of Philadelphia Drive and Indiantown Road, near the scene of the crash.

Flowers, cards, tiny ambulances, candles and photos are placed around the telephone pole in front of Colonial Plaza.

In black fading letters, Allison wrote on the pole: “I Love You Dad (Heart) From Allison.”



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