Motorbike rider killed in Savannah crash

| 22/02/2016 | 26 Comments
Cayman News Service

Denvil Roy Mitchell

(CNS): A 40-year-old man from West Bay has been killed in a road crash and a 53-year-old North Side man has been arrested on suspicion of drinking and driving, police have confirmed. Denvil Roy Mitchell, who worked at the NRA, died following a collision on Shamrock Road in Savannah Sunday evening when his motorcycle was hit by a Burgundy KIA Sportage near to the Countryside Shopping plaza. When police and emergency services responded to the fatal crash at around 8pm, Mitchell was taken to the George Town hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The driver of the KIA was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and causing death by dangerous driving, and is currently in police custody.

Mitchell is the second person to lose his life on Cayman’s roads this year. Ethel Venola Ebanks (86) died on the Stake Bay Road, Cayman Brac, last month after her car crashed into a light pole when she lost control of her car exiting a supermarket car park.

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  1. Sophia-Tawanda Mitchell says:

    No one will care or understand til they feel it for themselves. If u can hear u must feel!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    It’s 100% lack of police out patrolling. If I am able to spot several drunk drivers on the road when I am driving at night then why can’t a cop? Are they all working only 9-5? Why can’t they set up on the side of the road to catch speeders at 1am? Those speeding will probably have over tinted windows or those awful tinted license plates that should be banned and you could fine for more $. Oh, and catch a few drink drivers. Why do all our suggestions fall on def ears, is it not us who pay their salaries?

    • Anonymous says:

      Police are a joke. There is an English lawyer still driving on Cayman roads despite having 2 DUI cases hanging over his head. One from 3 or even 4 years ago and another from two years ago when he mowed down two pedestrian tourists on WB Road and ran from the scene.. The police are obviously allowing adjournment after adjournment for what reason? Are certain people above the law? Is he a member of the Lodge? Does he have info that needs to be suppressed for the good of the people of Cayman? Get real Cayman. Demand enforcement of the law.

  3. Sophia-Tawanda Mitchell-Robinson says:

    Denvil Mitchell is my brother & no one knows how much pain we r in. XXXXXX

  4. Sharkey says:

    I don’t think that amendment to any law is going to solve the drinking and driving problem.
    Cause the police are not or cannot enforce the laws that are in place now , XXXXXXX I think that the bars / pubs / people that serve and sell alcohol could be more proactively involved, by refusing to serve alcohol to one that is already intoxicated and make sure that people get home safe or some other measure taken . This would be more affective than amending any law .. But I think that it’s time that we all take a serious look at DUI .

  5. Anonymous says:

    Very sad news. Now here’s an idea! Why doesn’t someone set up a taxi service that goes further than SMB and the airport without costing a mortgage payment.

    • Anonymous says:

      Just a regular public bus service, even one an hour out East (little to no buses beyond 8 pm) would be nice.

    • Anonymous says:

      Because heaven forbid a taxi system with meters would cost votes and the politicians will put votes before safety.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Rest in peace my dear cousin

  7. Sober Driver says:

    Ok PPM government here is your chance to take a POSITIVE stance with the country and redeem some credibility. Amend the traffic Law with IMMEDIATE effect so that anyone caught drunk driving, receives an IMMEDIATE suspension of driving privileges for FIVE years and any subsequent arrest will result in a LIFETIME suspension. In addition, IF can be proven that any bartender or bar serves a patron who is clearly inebriated, the bartender and bar is charged with negligent acts. This BS has to stop…..more innocent lives will continue to be lost to ignorant, selfish bastards who get behind the wheel drunk. Let’s stop this madness now, once and for all.

    • Anonymous says:

      Firstly, it’s very sad we lost another innocent life on our roads. Secondly, how do people get to drive around cayman drunk. Where are the police? It’s pretty simple in that the police can set up random road blocks as they do for checking coupons. I would guarantee within a few months the problem will be noticeably reduced. Ask your self how many times have you followed someone diving and it was far too obvious they were drunk. The police could use unmarked police cars as with the U.K. Police force and again, the problem would drop overnight. There is just NO police presence on the roads after dark! And the best way to keep them off the road is to impound the car fo the duration of the ban.

    • Anonymous says:

      Holding the bar tender accountable will not be easy to enforce. Some people leave home drunk and have only one or two drinks in the bar so it’s unlikely the bartender will know. Not all drunk people stumble! In this case if it’s proven the driver caused the death of mr Mitchell he is going to jail period!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Love and miss you my cousin

  9. Sharkey says:

    I’m sorry to hear about the tragic death of Mr Denvil.
    Yes anonymous 3:13 pm you have a very valid point that the pub / bar owner should serve responsibility a long with the alcohol they served.
    I think that it’s a shame that bar / pub owners don’t know that they should be more responsible to the one that buy their alcohol and let them go out and kill someone or themselves.

    Maybe it takes a law to make them see this responsibility.

    • Anonymous says:

      What about friends giving person drinks so will these people get in trouble with the law? What about the bottle shops where you can buy beers?

    • Anonymous says:

      I thought there was a law already about serving people when they’re drunk. I knew when I was bartending, I used to cut people off. If my memory serves me correctly, someone was charged for serving someone that was drunk but that was a long time ago. It’s probably one of those unenforced laws. And there’s a difference between a liquor store and a bar: drinks aren’t consumed at the liquor store so the person selling the liquor can’t know the person’s state of mind. If they walk in drunk, maybe they can offer to call a cab.

  10. Anonymous says:

    We need to do more as a community to stop DUI it’s a disgrace. Owners of the pubs/bars serving these mindless idiots and then watching them jump in their cars should be punished also for not reporting them. The driving standard is bad enough on Island, without adding alcohol into the equation. How well would a pub/bar in Cayman do that offered a free shuttle home service for it’s customers?

    • Anonymous says:

      Selling alchohol is a business and not a parenting service. Everyone is accountable for their actions. It’s the mentallity that’ needs to change not 4 buck an hour bar staff arguing with a guy cos his Avalanche is sat in the parking lot! 99 percent of people who shop at a liquor store drive there! How you going to Control that? Follow the guy home to make sure he doesn’t crack the 7 fathoms open on the drive home?

  11. Anonymous says:

    so very sad

  12. Anonymous says:

    We miss you Denvil!!

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