SACRAMENTO, CA - The girlfriend of awell-known clock repairman and collector sold his lifetime collection of thousands of clocks while he lay in a coma following a car accident.
Phillip Paguio, 60, otherwise known as "Dr. Time," was involved in a head-on crash with a big rig in Montana last week.
Paguio was regularly featured on Sacramento TV stations in the spring and fall, when he would undertake the monumental task of adjusting for Daylight Saving Time onwhat he said were 4,000 clocks.
While Paguio was in a medically-induced coma in an Idaho Falls hospital, his girlfriend, Julie Wilson, sold his entire collection for $3,500.
Wilson told News10 thatshe's struggling with expenses unrelated to Paguio's hospitalization, andthat her boyfriend would understand.
"He would place my well-being above a bunch of clocks," Wilson said.
News10 traced thebulk sale to a Sacramento antiques dealer who said it took five truckloads to haul the clocks from Paguio's home.
Don Boland produced a bill of sale from Wilson that states she is Paguio's "executor" with permission to act on his behalf.
When Boland learned the backstory, he agreed to hold the clocks until he can speak directlly to Paguio.
"This is a man's life collection, so why should we do anything else but the right thing?" Paguio said. "We're going to hold onto all of this stuff, and we wish him the best."
Based on information provided by News10, the Idaho Falls Police Department has opened an investigation into the incident.
Officer Spencer Steel said hospital staff has not yet been able to talk to Paquio and contacted Wilson because they couldn't locate any family members.
"The more we look into it, the more we believe she's not competent to make decisions for him," Steel said.
Steel said it appears Paguio will survive his injuries, but will need additional surgeries.
In a subsequent phone call to News10, Wilson said she would be willing to return the money to Boland to getPaguio's clocks back.
"I want to take care of this," she said.
by George Warren, GWarren@news10.net