Police hunt for silver car in fatal hit and run

| 23/04/2015 | 9 Comments

(CNS Video) Updated Friday 4:30pm: Police are  appealing for the public’s help to find what they now believe was a silver car which killed Donnie Ray Connor when he was knocked from his bicycle in the early hours of Thursday morning. An RCIPS spokesperson said traffic investigators think the car has been damaged on the front nearside (left) fender, its front end and has a smashed head light. “Traders, body shops and individuals dealing with motor parts and vehicle scrap yards, should be vigilant on persons who they suspect may be seeking information, looking to acquire front end parts,” detectives said as they urged car mechanics and the wider public to report their suspicions to police.

Sometime between midnight and 4:00 Thursday morning, the driver travelling along the Linford Pierson Highway hit Connor (59) who was riding his bicycle and left him dead or dying on the road and fled the scene.

As the police launch an investigation into the hit and run incident, Kenneth Bryan talks to the man who found him, as well as the police and the victim’s nephew, Edlin Moore, who says his uncle might be alive today if the driver had stopped to help him.

Cayman News Service

Edlin Moore, nephew of hit and run victim, Donnie Ray Connor, who died 23 April 2015

Connor’s body was found lying on the roadway by another cyclist, David Cooke, who called 911 around 4:30am on 23 April.  Police say all relevant services responded and it was confirmed that the victim was dead and an investigation commenced. Police say it was later confirmed that the incident was the result of a hit and run collision.

The body of the George Town resident was later removed from the scene to the Cayman Islands Hospital in George Town, where he was identified by family members.

The matter is now being investigated by the RCIPS Traffic Management Unit and there is an appeal for witnesses who may have travelled on the Linford Pierson Highway between the hours of midnight and 4am to contact the Senior Investigating Officer, Inspector Adrian Barnett at 5262204.

Alternatively, witnesses can contact the George Town Police Station on 9494222 ; the RCIPS tip line at 9497777 or anonymously call  Crime Stoppers at 800-8477 (TIPS)

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I was very disappointed with the Compass this morning as it chose to bring up some of Mr. Connors past. All I ever saw was a man who was industrious, who went to work early on the big cruise ship days with enough goods that if he sold out would provide him a good income.

    I often wondered why more people don’t get off the front step and show the willingness to get out and create a business like he did.

    Condolences to his family and friends.

  2. Anonymous says:

    This is without a doubt a horrible gruesome accident. However, I would doubt the driver is a killer that planned and intentionally ran anybody down. Sometimes terrible accidents happen. It can’t be said enough that cyclists that ride without effective front and rear lights and reflectors truly take their own lives into their hands. If either had been drinking and swerving around, even more so – but we don’t know the blood alcohol of the parties. What we do know is that Cayman Islands case law would encourage this driver to turn themselves in and report their version of events. Judges in Cayman regularly acquit the drivers in these horrible accidents. At a minimum, it will help them to unburden their conscience and console the grieving family. I can’t recall any driver being sent to jail for a hitting a cyclist at night in Cayman. Turn yourself in.

    • Anonymous says:

      Regardless of how this happened, the fact is that if they had stopped or even called an ambulance anonymously, the guy may still be alive. Even if you were drunk, high or anything else, your conscience should kick in when somebody else needs help.

    • Anonymous says:

      I have not read all the comments but doubt there would be many who do think it was more than an accident. But what I think was not accidental was the act of driving away and knowingly leaving the poor man to die when possibly he could have been saved if only they even called an ambulance. There is no way they didn’t notice this. That tells me they have something to hide whether it be drink, drugs, lack of licence or insurance or, I guess, just plain scared. But still I can’t understand why still they didn’t even make an anonymous call. The hospital is only 5 mins away. This is truly callous and heartless in my book.

    • Anonymous says:

      Does that mean cyclists are fair game if they go out at night?

  3. Anonymous says:

    This might have started as an accident but has ended in murder and should have been treated as such from the beginning. The handling of the evidence was unbelievable in this day and age of police work. Worst part is there is now video evidence on how some of the evidence was handled including putting it with rubbish already in the police van…shamefull

    • Anonymous says:

      The man was killed brutally….why bring up his past, this should have been left alone, no need to have brought that up…shame on you cayman27!!!

  4. Driftwood says:

    Awful, Rest in Peace. Killer, go to the police station and confess, or will you continue to be a coward?

    • Anonymous says:

      No words to describe this “VIAL PERSON” who left this man to die like that!!! NO human being should ever be left like that, this is murder, plain and simple….you may hide but you will be found sooner or later you disgusting human being!!! THis could have been your father, brother, uncle, grandfather, son!!!!

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