Bike rider and passenger injured in WB crash

| 30/07/2015 | 15 Comments

Cayman news Service

(CNS): A 21-year-old man riding a dirt bike and his 21-year-old female pillion passenger were admitted to the George Town hospital last night following a serious collision outside a local restaurant in West Bay. Police said the crash happened on Reverend Blackman Road a few minutes after 8pm, when a teenager driving a Toyota Rav4 turned right into Liberty’s Restaurant. The 17-year-old female driver, who was in the car alone and travelling west, collided with the couple on the bike going in the opposite direction.

The car driver escaped unhurt but the dirt bike rider and his passenger both received injuries and were taken to the hospital by paramedics, the police said. The female passenger sustained head injuries in the crash and remains in critical condition.

Both the car and the bike received extensive damage, the police stated.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    9.02, they will respond as they do everywhere that ever banned those things- smuggling and home brew. Creates a whole new industry. Given the prices here in bars and shops I am tempted to start my own little importation business…

  2. Anonymous says:

    Over the past year I have had two motorbikes stolen. I watch with wonder every day as I see motorbikes in various stages of dilapidation being ridden on our roads, very likely with no insurance, no licence and probably with stolen parts all over them. The RCIPS appear to be oblivious to this epidemic. I am appalled at the extent to which these riders brazenly ‘wheelie’ & weave in an out of traffic at high speed, even with police cars present. Tragic events like this accident will continue until our police service decide to empower themselves with basic crime deterrent policies like for instance, stopping these blatant displays of disregard to law enforcement and actually do something about it. This will have the positive effect of beginning the process of instilling trust and respect in our RCIPS.
    Sometimes small steps in the right direction will enable the public to feel more pride in our uniformed services?

    • Washitah says:

      And imagine how we, the legal, licensed, insured, experienced, serious motorcyclists feel about these kids? They endanger our lives, along with cyclists and pedestrians, even more than people in cars. Please crack down on these threats to our safety.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Our MLA’s, Director of Licensing and the Police Commissioner should all come together and put a bill before the LA to ban the import of these dirt bikes into the Cayman Islands.

    It all falls on deaf earns unless one of these officials – young kid’s are seriously injured or killed, then immediate action will be taken in the LA.

    Another reason the government is not pushing the issue to ban these bikes is because of the Customs Import Duty from them.

    • Anonymous says:

      I don’t think we need to ban them, someone can legally ride a dirt bike on the road assuming it has lights and can pass inspection and they have a license. But two things need to happen.

      1. There need to be more police on the road to stop these guys driving illegally, it’s almost a joke now, I see them at least twice a week just wheelying down the main roads knowing nothing will happen to them. Use the cameras, go to the houses, people know who these guys are and where they live.

      2. Similar to the murder case recently, we need to look at ourselves as a community. As I said, someone knows who these guys are but nobody says anything. Where are their parents?

    • Anonymous says:

      Why don’t they just ban the import of cigarettes and alcohol also lets see how the community responds. It’s the job of the police to patrol and ensure vehicles on the road are licensed to be on the road.

      • Anonymous says:

        Actually, good idea about the alcohol and ciggies.
        Just because the ‘public’ responds negatively, doesn’t mean it’s not wise. Just sayin

    • Anonymous says:

      I have heard West Byers calling in on Talk Shows complaining about those same dirt bikes, but their complaints have been ignored. What does the inept government and the CoPolice have to say about this accident. We are known to tackle the problem when the horse has bolted through the gate. Wake up from the deep sleep,!! Address the problem now.

    • Anonymous says:

      Even easier would be to require all bikes and cars to licensed, taxed and registered all the time, even if they say they are only going to use it off-road, that way even dirt bikes have to be road legal. Otherwise you get into grandfathering existing bikes and all that other stuff.

    • Anonymous says:

      Or just give them somewhere to ride

  4. all too common says:

    take a look at the pic on cayman 27.no license plate,no lights no turn signals.so of course its un insured.and probably driven by someone with no licence.
    when are the police going to actually do something about the people riding dirt bikes on caymans roads. i’d lay money on it the person they hit wont get a cent out of them.

    • Anonymous says:

      I got a ticket the other day for talking on the phone. When the cop asked for my insurance proof, I said I didn’t have it with me. That was just fine with them

  5. Black says:

    If a Dirt Bike has rear view mirrors and the proper vehicle lights they can be licensed and insured. No need to assume that a 2 wheeler intended for off road riding is unlicensed.

    • Anonymous says:

      We don’t need to make assumptions, because we have seen these fools with our own eyes. Every weekend they are out there, often performing wheelies at reckless speed and with no regard for the safety of other road users. It was only a matter of time before someone got hurt or killed, and I while I have some sympathy for the pain and suffering that they have caused their friends and families, they too share some of the blame. I do make an assumption that these are kids or young adults, and while they only have themselves to blame for their own injuries, if you are a parent or relative and have not sufficiently influenced their behavior, of if you are a friend that has driven or ridden in convoy with these idiots and encouraged their recklessness, or indeed if you have simply observed their illegal behavior and not reported it to the police (as futile as that may seem), then you have…to some extent…sent a message that this behavior is acceptable in our society.

  6. Anonymous says:

    By ‘Dirt Bike Rider ‘ in the article , is that to say ‘ Unlicensed for road use & un-insured motor cycle ‘ ?

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