Woman killed in East End smash

| 16/02/2018 | 29 Comments
Cayman News Service

Car wreck from fatal crash in East End, 15 February 2018

(CNS) UPDATED: Police have now confirmed that  the woman killed in a single-vehicle road crash in East End at around 2:00 Thursday morning was Altameka Price (28), who lived in the district. The first person killed on Cayman’s roads this year, she was believed to be a passenger in a Subaru that hit a tree on Farm Road and was pronounced dead at the hospital. The driver was hospitalised with non-life-threatening injuries and is now expected to make a full recovery. 

The police have still not said anything about how the smash happened on the very quiet and remote road and have released no details about the suspected cause.

Anyone with any information about this accident is asked to call the Traffic and Roads Policing Unit at 649-6254.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    This is a tragedy. This was seen by several but will any one talk? Good luck getting the truth to police.
    People know what really happened that morning at 2.

    • Anonymous says:

      Do you know what happened? Maybe you could start the trend, if one person speaks up maybe others will.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Please put this car in every school yard. Everyone in Cayman needs to see this and be scared straight.
    Speed kills
    Irresponsibility kills
    Drugs kill
    Out at 2 am kills
    Wake up Cayman and slow down.

  3. Bertie :B says:

    so young/ so sad / so didn’t have to happen / r.i.p. child , god blessings . just one mistake ! that’s all it takes , one silly mistake .

  4. Anonymous says:

    This is from a visitor’s post on TripAdvisor:
    Driving on the left, a cautionary tale
    Feb 17, 2018, 1:13 PM
    I have driven on the left before. Many years ago I spent a year in London and drove everywhere. A few years ago we went to St. John and I had no problems with the Jeep we rented and drove there. But within fifteen minutes of leaving the rental car agency driving toward out condo, I had an accident.

    There was a construction barrier very close to the left side of the road. I hit it, and that pulled me further off and into another barrier. The airbags didn’t inflate, and no one was hurt, but the car was un-drivable. Budget brought us a replacement very quickly, and we resumed our vacation, with me driving very cautiously and my wife and the other couple probably fearing for their lives. The rest of the time I was fine, and quickly adapted to the left driving and the roundabouts, which I came to really like. We recovered quickly and had a truly wonderful vacation (see my trip report in a separate post). I am in contact with our credit card company and assume that they will cover the cost of repairs.

    I am writing this post to say what I think caused this accident in case it is helpful to others. The simple fact is that I was still driving from the perspective of the left side seat. In other words, from that position, things on the left side of the road should be relatively close to me, and things on the right relatively far away. If I had had time to “recalibrate” these distances, I would have been fine, and I was for the rest of my driving there (with some help from my passengers telling me I was too far over). But the barrier close to my left came before that recalibration occurred. Also, having driven in London (long ago) and St. John recently, I was too cocky and not being careful enough. As I thought about it, I realized that the Jeep on St. John had the wheel on the left, so even though I had to be careful about which side I was driving on, the side distances from the driver’s position were the same as I was used to.

    The other thing I will add, and this was true also on St. John, is that when starting to pull out, our tendency is to look to the left for oncoming traffic and it is important to look to the right. The only other time I had to be super careful was when turning right at an intersection and not going into the right lane. This is one reason I like the roundabouts, they avoid that problem.

    As I said, we had a wonderful trip, and would come back in a minute, but if you are new to driving on the left, be careful.

    2. Re: Driving on the left, a cautionary tale
    Feb 17, 2018, 3:04 PM
    The trickiest one for me was coming north from GT on West Bay Rd where there is a mini roundabout at Gecko Link. It seems like you would just drive straight ahead, but since it is a roundabout, you need to yield to drivers coming from the right, who, from the “drive on the right perspective” look like they are going south on West Bay rd but are really coming around to go north. I don’t know if this will make sense to someone who hasn’t experienced it.

    1. Re: Driving on the left, a cautionary tale
    Feb 17, 2018, 2:34 PM

    I actually feel that the area around the airport is some of the most difficult parts of the island to drive – lots of traffic, plenty of roundabouts, even a couple of mini-roundabouts that can fool a lot of people, plus trying to get used to driving on the other side of the road. I tend to ask my passengers to keep their eyes open for me for traffic and my position on the road – those first few minutes to make the adjustment are important.

    I had hear rumours that they were going to be changing the access to the airport, adding an option that you approach it directly from the ETH and coming on the north side of the airport. That might make things a lot better for new arrivals. Not sure if that is still planned or when it’s going to happen.

    • Anonymous says:

      Lesson from the story. Get a right hand drive car. Driving a car with the driver on the “wrong” side is much more dangerous than people think.

  5. Anonymous says:

    This is such sad and terrible news and there’s no point making assumptions about what caused this. RIP Altameka. Thoughts to the family and friends of both x

  6. Boby says:

    Legislation need to implement a vehicle accelerator governor devices. A device that only alloy the vehicle to accelerate only to 50mph

  7. Anonymous says:

    This must be one of the worst roads in Cayman to navigate in the dark let alone when potentially impaired. Sad that some people can’t see the trees for the forest. We should therefore level all immovable objects on the road sides and replace them with giant marshmallows. Any road rule wouldn’t have prevented this, only maybe some driver education and acceptance of responsibility.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Tragic. Condolences to the family and friends RIP.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Heard she was driving, not him.

    Haven’t heard anything about speed or alcohol being involved so really would not assume that at this point.

    Sad news, as a child is now without a mother. R.I.P.

  10. Anon says:

    Condolences to all families.

  11. Anonymous says:

    So young. So much life, gone. I am so sorry to hear this.
    My deepest condolences to all of her family and friends.

  12. Anonymous says:

    How horrible…thoughts with the loved ones of this young women. When will this speed madness stop and our young drivers (car or bike) understand the risk they are taking for reaching maybe 1 minute earlier or not at all. R.I.P. (Another news source showed the picture of the wreck, this was without doubt a high speed accident).

    • Charles Darwin says:

      If you’re going on a 10 mile drive, it’ll take you:

      40 mph: 15 minutes

      60 mph: 10 minutes

      80 mph: 7.5 minutes

      On this small place? Not worth it.

      • Anonymous says:

        If you have the road to yourself, yes.
        Other traffic will cause this 10 miles to take about 20 minutes, no matter the speed.
        Speeding has no sense, makes no difference at all, since we don’t have highways.

      • Anon says:

        Great point, thanks. I’m definitely ready for self driving cars.

      • Anonymous says:

        Traffic? Road works? Pedestrians? Get real.

    • Home says:

      Not sure if she was speeding….last time I heard from her she was working shifts and extremely tired. Maybe she fell asleep at the wheel….who knows…??‍♀️

    • Anonymous says:

      It is also said that both occupants were thrown out of the vehicle. If this is the case, I doubt seatbelts were in use. I’d estimate about 20% of drivers here never use them, it is such folly.

      • rickey willen says:

        hi this is a family member in the United States, does anyone know any website we can go to that will show or give anymore information. can you please share. OUR COUSIN IS GREATLY MISS AND LOVE VERY MUCH.

        • Anonymous says:

          @rickey willen I’m also a part of this family and was wondering if you learned anything new about Altameka’s death? and any news about her husband?

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