Motorbike rider injured in road crash

| 19/10/2015 | 32 Comments

accident(CNS) Updated 20 Oct: A 25-year-old Bodden Town man was seriously injured when he lost control and fell from his motorbike Sunday afternoon in Frank Sound near the junction with Seaview Road. Police said the emergency services in the Eastern Districts were notified of the crash at around 4:00pm on 18 October. The victim, who lives in Spotts Newlands, was transferred to the Health City medical facility where he remains in  a serious but stable condition.

Anyone who may have witnessed this collision is asked to contact Constable Greg Shepherd at the Bodden Town Police Station on 947-2220.






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  1. Anonymous says:

    The fact is that these guys have pushed the limit to see how far they can go and now think there untouchable by the law. there was maybe a chosen few riding unlicensed bikes dodging in case they saw the police, now they run riot all over the roads pulling wheelies, speeding etc etc and all this is on unlicensed machines that are not road worthy that can kill people if not themselves. But im sure we all realize, what will stopping them do? will we give them a fine that they will not pay as the babies momma needs the money? take the bike off them and they will just steel another! or throw them in jail and over populate the prisons even further!! We talk about these people getting their “fix” and have no where to off road their machines. well im am sorry and hurt for these guys. If i was from Florida and every weekend i went out on a hunt for my “fix”, would that give me the right to shoot the over increasing population of roaming canine that walk the streets here in Cayman to get MY “fix” ?? i think not dear sir…….i dont know the answer, im not paid to find the answer but some people are so come on guys do your jobs and get these muppets off the streets before a family of tourists get run down on SMB or Camana bay!!!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    You obviously haven’t seen all the videos line then. There’s plenty of off road areas they’ve used before and no need to use public roads, endangering other road users and pedestrians.
    It’s all about saying look at me, look at me, I’m mister billy big b@ll@cks and also a f u to the police.
    Judging by everything online, I think you’ll find it’s more than 1 or 2 bad apples.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Ferkin idjut rides up and down our road on his back wheel making a lot of noise and don’t unna dare say anything to him about it. Call the police-many times. Nothing, couldn’t give a damn. So, we will deal with him.

  4. Shhhhhhhh. says:

    The RCIP have a very difficult problem to overcome here. If they try to catch them in the act, the fast and very nimble bikes outrun them, and even use dirt tracks to get away. If the RCIP chases them and it leads to an accident, they get blame. So what are the police to do? Full face helmets pose identification problems and you cannot charge a bike with an offense! The RCIP need to come up with a strategy to enforce the law, however, the problem is basically a social / economic one.

    The insurance companies will not insure them, and there are no options for them to become legal. The Cayman Island Motorcycle Riders Association has an excellent training programme for riders to get licenses of up to 125cc, and then 125 and above, for fees. What is needed here is a partnership between the RCIP, the CIMRA, Insurance companies, and the DMVL to get these youngsters trained and legal. That is one step in the right direction to get plates on the bikes, then some police action is possible with offenders. Maybe some sponsorship for rider training or compliance? We need to think outside the box here.

    Another problem is the fact that many of these bikes are stolen, or built from stolen parts, which makes it almost impossible for any licensing to take place. But at least if we strategise to get the majority legal, the stolen ones will be more identifyable.

    You can demonize these riders as much as you like, but the problem will not go away, nor will the wasted lives, until as a society, we search for, and find POSITIVE SOLUTIONS.

    Think on this.

    • Anonymous says:

      or, go on social media, watch videos, see who offenders, then go collect bikes for crushing.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Everyone is making a valid point here and while I do agree that no one should be riding their bikes in a manner that would harm or harass anyone else… there isn’t really anywhere for them to go… Same thing with street racers and such; everything that has been put in place for these riders/drivers to get their so called fix has been shut down some way or another.

    This may not be your cup of tea but if there isn’t a safe, regulated place to do these things then the people that like to partake in them will have no choice but to take it to the streets.

    I’m not saying this will completely get rid of the problem, of course there will always be 1 or 2 bad apples but I think it will at least help. Sometimes the solution isn’t always to eradicate, but rather to relocate.

    • Anonymous says:

      Although I agree that this would seem like a way for the street racers to get their “fix”, past experience has shown that the racers who go to these legitimate locations still drive the same way on the streets. They don’t suddenly become law abiding drivers when they are not in the regulated location.

      We need more police presence – it’s very frustrating that everyone seems to know when and where these riders are, except the ones who can enforce the laws!

    • Anonymous says:

      Typical comment – always somebody’ else’s fault! Just because there aren’t any “racing” tracks available doesn’t give someone the right to break the law and endanger others in the process! I am not galloping down the Highways on my horse or through someone’s property just because there aren’t any horse riding trails available!

  6. Anonymous says:

    I doubt they’ll be posting that one on instagram

  7. Anonymous says:

    Revision of the Traffic Law is not the answer. Too often Cayman’s legislators take knee-jerk reactions to issues by passing more (stupid and unenforceable) laws. Perhaps enforcing existing laws regarding careless and reckless driving would help. That seems like another RCIPS failure. This issue is clearly related to how these riders operate their motorcycles. That is the failure of their own common sense.

  8. Anonymous says:

    No prayers for such selfish speeders. Only thanks no innocents were injured by their stupidity.

  9. Anonymous says:

    There are too many high powered bikes on this island, a lot of them ridden in a very juvenile fashion. It’s a miracle there are not a lot more serious accidents.

    • CayGuy says:

      Ya right about that one. Most can’t help speeding every time I get crossed on the road. All nominees for the Darwin Award I say.

    • Shhhhhhhh. says:

      It is nothing to do with the number, or power of the bikes, but more to do with stunt riding and showing off, often to peers. The riders are the problem. Bikes and / or power do not cause accidents, riders do. Please try to see the wood for the trees, and not make broad sweeping statements condemning motorbikes which are economical, efficient in traffic, and give pleasure to many responsible riders, both young and old.

      • Anonymous says:

        I agree the riders are the problem. There are lot of responsible riders whether it be on a scooter or high powered motor bike. They all love to show off their stunts on the main road in a reckless manner. If you take a look at some of theses riders Instagram page you would see video clips of the stunts they do on the road. The funniest thing is that they all beef about who the best rider is and then go risk their lives and show off like they are getting paid to do so. This bike problem is also rampant in the US with riders showing off their stunts on Facebook and Instagram, in turn gaining thousands of followers. In my opinion these “stunt” riders down here are looking for nothing more than attention, injury, and with the class of riding they do on public roads, inevitably death.

      • CayGuy says:

        Although that statement is mostly true that bad riders make motorbikes unsafe, you can’t argue with the facts. More people are killed on bikes statistically over 1100 CC engines than smaller bikes. Think about it, when’s the last time someone here died on a scooter, yet we average more than 1 fatal accident annually on riders on bigger engine bikes. Here’s another even scarier statistic before you should consider even riding a bike from III.

        “In 2013, motorcyclists were about 26 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash per vehicle mile traveled and five times more likely to be injured.”

        You can’t make this shish up. Ever ride up an down the freeways in the U.S. and see riders (and passengers) on bikes going over 75 mph? That could be your next Darwin award recipient.

        Check this >>

      • Anonymous says:

        “Power does not cause accidents”- it might not cause them but it certainly makes them much easier. Do you really need a 1000cc superbike on this island?, a 50 cc moped will get you around quite easily and you certainly won’t come off it screaming round bends at close to 100mph.

      • Anonymous says:

        I witnessed a biker standing on his seat while driving on the prospect bypass. There is stupid and then there is criminally stupid.

  10. Rhett says:

    Damn! Hope he ia doing well. Why is it that whatever zoning, there seems to be no limit of speed…..

  11. Anonymous says:

    Every weekend the same thing. Motorcycles up and down east end and north side at 100 mph. Driving like the idiots they are. No police around ever. It’s about time one hits the pavement. Now you have this gang of idiots riding through town and Savannah at night, no lights on the bikes, there not street legal bikes, weaving in and out of traffic. Only a matter of time before one of them goes down. Hopefully no one innocent gets caught up in it.

  12. Anonymous says:

    You get good, courteous bikers who don’t remove the baffles from their exhausts and sound like complete morons, and who stick to the rules of the road and the speed limits. However they are in the minority.

    Like clockwork every Sunday afternoon, a group of 15-30 bikers go tearing up and down the Esterly Tibbetts bypass. Yesterday evening was a mix of noisy road bikes and off road scramblers. The riders on the scramblers where pulling wheelies the whole way down the street, with other riders behind, filming the event on cameras.

    The noise was indescribable!

    But worse, are the antics of these riders who have absolutely zero regard for other road users, cyclists and pedestrians. One of the riders nearly lost control of his scrambler whilst pulling a wheelie, and if that had happened his bike would have shot into a group of mothers pushing their babies in strollers on Peninsula Road.

    Where are the cops when these fools come out to play? I am yet to see a single one of them stopped and fined or arrested for dangerous riding/driving.

    Perhaps when an innocent bystander is hurt or worse, killed….only then would action perhaps, be remotely considered.

    • Just Driftwood says:

      We were at Camana Bay Saturday evening for dinner and a group of bikes like these with no plates, lights, etc. did wheelies right through the pedestrian crossing at a pretty high rate of speed (and with a LOT of noise). There were children right near the crossing. They will seriously injure someone one of these days. Security guards watched it happen and we didn’t see them so much as bat an eye to report, take down details, nothing. They just kept standing there.

      • Anonymous says:

        I witnessed the same thing Saturday night at Camana Bay and could not believe the security guards stood right beside us smiling. We need to remember this is a private compound filled with children and no one to stop them from hitting someone. When will we put a stop to this madness? No one is saying you cannot enjoy riding your bikes but do so responsibly.

      • Anonymous says:

        Did you notify the RCIP– ???

        • Anonymous says:

          Seriously? I had a run in with these hoodlums at the CI Yacht Club roundabout where they proceeded to tear through the center of the roundabout, they then surrounded my vehicle, I called 911 and the operator had the gall to say “we know we have been dealing with them all day” WTF!!@@##$$ dealing with them means using the air unit, encircling the gang, closing the roads, confiscating the bikes and turning them into scrap.

          As a 25 year resident of these beautiful islands the quality of life crimes have risen dramatically. There is literally no enforcement of planning laws, cars sales on the side of the road, littering, speeding, window tints, unlicenced vehicles, it is a free for all.

          • Anonymous says:

            That’s (your last sentence) basically what David Legge was saying in “that” editorial and the MLAs led by the Premier went batsh#t crazy. But we all know he was correct although he expressed himself unwisely and used that dreaded c-word that cannot be uttered here in Cayman because it does not exist.

    • Anon says:

      I also live on Peninsula Road and it’s not only on Sunday’s now as in the past but on Saturday afternoon’s as well – anytime between 1pm and 5pm.

      Riders on scramblers and road bikes racing between cars and if they haven’t quite had their fill they turn around at the roundabout and do it again. I’ve seen some of them wait at the Cost U Less roundabout for traffic to thin out so that they can race each other and wheelie all the way down the road. They don’t give a flying fig, and quite honestly neither will I if they injured or kill themselves because they made a choice to do this knowing it is wrong – my fear is they will be OK but an innocent person/child would have been harmed or killed.

  13. GG says:

    My prayers go out to this young man. However, it raises yet another serious and increasingly common issue on our roads. Why all of the reckless driving? We live on a small island; it only takes half of an hour to 45mins to get from on end to the next with the exception of heavy traffic yet most motorist (bike and vehicles) always seem to be in such a dire hurry. I grew up around motorcycles but I’m getting to the point where I don’t even like them around me. If their noise isn’t ear splitting, they’re showboating in front of you in traffic. I always give them the space they need but it seems they don’t care if they get into an accident. The constant lane switching, riding between cars, blocking vehicle traffic, popping wheelies & swerving back & forth in their lanes. It’s very distracting & nerve wracking as a driver. Don’t they realize that they’re the vulnerable ones? Some don’t wear helmets or protective clothing & are almost always young males. Not to mention putting others at risk. I don’t ever want to be responsible for hurting anyone so I try to give them as much space as possible. Perhaps a Revision of the Traffic Law as it pertains to issuing motor bike license to young adults might be worth a go. #TooManyDeathsonOurRoads

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