Road crash victim was father of new baby

| 30/04/2018 | 46 Comments
John Miller III

John Miller III

(CNS): Police have confirmed that the man who was killed in a crash in North Side on Sunday evening was John Miller III (27) from George Town, who was the father of three daughters, including a seven-week-old baby. Miller was pronounced dead at the George Town hospital last night after the car he was in hit a light pole. Two other men in the car remain in hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, though the injuries of one of the men was described as serious.

Miller was in a Honda Fit Aria and traveling west along North Side Road when the car left the road near the Ronald Forbes Play Field and collided with a CUC pole. No other car was involved in the collision. Police have not yet confirmed if Miller was or was not behind the wheel. Other sources had indicated Miller was driving but CNS has been unable to confirm that information.

Less than three years ago Miller sustained very serious injuries in a motorcycle smash, also in North Side. On that occasion the doctors at Health City Cayman Islands were able, against the odds, to save his life.

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  1. Anon guest says:

    This happened right outside the building my family and I were vacationing in. My sisters and I were swimming in the pool that night when all of the sudden we heard this massive screech from up the road. It screeched for a good long five seconds before we heard the biggest and loudest BANG we’ve ever heard. Like someone smashing into a huge cement wall. We all looked at each other in panic because our dad had mentioned he might go out and pick up groceries. I felt a sick anxiety in my stomach. So immediately I ran into the house to see if he was home. Thank the Lord he stayed in that night and I found him watching TV. The neighbor and I tried to figure out what was going on and if it was close enough for us to go out and help. I felt/still feel a mixture of feelings about it- relief that he didn’t kill anyone else, sadness that he passed away, guilt that I couldn’t have saved him, and anger that he put others in danger—-INCLUDING me and my family. Such carelessness truly could have ruined another persons life as well as his own. I’m sorry for his family. I prayed that night on my knees for him to live but I’m pretty sure it was instant. There was no way anyone could survive the bang that I heard that night. I’ll never be able to forget the sound.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Regardless of why, a young man is dead and his loved ones lost their father/partner/family member. There will be time for a debate over the why’s and wherefores’ once the facts come out. Please show his family some respect, whatever happened, they were not the reason for this tragedy. I suspect some of you showing that disrespect are the same sick bastards who would film such a gruesome accident and post it on facebook. What for? Think it makes you look smart? Just makes you look sick and that so called Cayman Christianity and Caymankindness the biggest joke on the plant.

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  3. Shenelle says:

    John is the father of my 7week old baby so those of you that dont have anything good to say towards him just let his soul rest in piece just because he isn’t here with us don’t drag his name into the dirt he doesn’t have a voice anymore to stand up for his self but I’ll be his voice please leave him alone and have some consideration towards his family and for those people who had something positive to say towards him thank you so much

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    • Anonymous says:

      Sorry for your loss but this could have been avoided. Please teach you’re children that.

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      • Anonymous says:

        So sorry for your loss. I wish you and your baby nothing but the best! May his soul rest in peace.

    • Anonymous says:

      Dear Shenelle,

      My deepest condolences for your loss. My heart goes out to you and your baby.

      I am a teacher on the island and so I know that young men (and women!) may be tempted to speed and are very influenced by their peers, but this does not mean that they are not genuinely good people. I am not naive and I know that this is not always the case, but I can testify to the fact that we have had very good students make very bad decisions on the roads.

      I do think though that the only positive which can come from a tragedy like this is that it brings to light the issue of speeding on this island. Many young people think they are invincible, never imagining that the worst can happen.

      I’m glad you had the strength and courage to share your thoughts on this forum. You are obviously a strong young woman who wants to honour John’s memory. One suggestion I would have for you, after you have taken the time to grieve, is that you offer to speak to teenagers at the various schools, as they are far more likely to listen to someone like you than the police officers who come in, or even the teachers.

      It may be a very difficult thing to do, but I found your strength and desire to be his voice very admirable, and so it is just a suggestion I am making for you to be able to share your experience and possibly help avoid other tragedies from happening.

      Stay strong, Shenelle.

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      • Anonymous says:

        I would love to know the reason behind the person who gave a thumbs down to a comment which encourages a young person to do something which could have a positive influence on other young people.

        Please have the decency to at least explain why you disagree.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Dear Shenelle,

      It’s “peace”.

      Rest In Peace.

      Condolences for your loss.

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  4. Anonymous says:

    Shame he took his life for granted. He had a second chance 3 years ago and took it for granted.

    Why do young men feel invincible?

    Please young men, learn this: you are not invincible and your reckless behaviour could get others killed. Young men, read Proverbs….it is one of the best books for men to read!

    Proverbs Chapter 3:1&2

    1 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:

    2 For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.

    R.I.P

    #Live&Learn

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  5. Anonymous says:

    People ask where is the police to stop dangerous driving but then when they get pulled over for speeding, they cus and whine about the police officer.

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  6. Anonymous says:

    Every Sunday a large group of people go to Rum Point and drink and have a good time. A decent amount of these people then drive home and a small number take to speeding. Every Sunday…but every Sunday I never pass a police car on the road..guess they’re in church?

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  7. Actright says:

    I’m sure you could have made your point without being presumptuous or stereotyping Caymanian males as if this is a uniquely Caymanian phenomenon. RIP.

  8. Mr. D says:

    May God Bless his children with a prosperous future and Love from their community. God Bless.

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  9. Anonymous says:

    There are 70-100 feet of space in between these poles, and yet in most of the mishaps it is the pole that is struck. Surely it is not intentional, but it is none-the-less sad that these immovable objects are so frequently the case of serious or fatal injuries. The general ‘standard’ of driving in these islands needs to improve, as well as the discipline and due care of the drivers on our roads. The traffic laws have been ignored and remained unenforced for far too long, which has resulted in a ‘wild west’ mindset on local roads.

    The RCIPS needs to come out from behind their desks in their air conditioned offices and enforce the rules of the road. Moreover they also need to refresh themselves as to those rules, as the collection of wrecked patrol vehicles and poor driving habits they exhibit do not reflect well on their role as law enforcement! All need to be held to a higher and safer standard.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Or the selfish drunk speeders can slow down, stop driving drunk and obey the law.

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      • Anonymous says:

        Some of you need to keep your mouth shut if you don’t have anything good to say. Where is your compassion?

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        • Anonymous says:

          It is public duty to shame these selfish louts, do not try to silence that. People like you are why people are dying.

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    • Anonymous says:

      3:20 70-100 feet is nothing if you’re travelling at speed. At 50mph a car covers about 73 feet a second – if you say ‘1001’ that’s roughly how long it takes to pass between two poles. As you say, it’s all about speed and this could just as easily have been a tree or a brick wall.

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  10. Anonymous says:

    Rest in Peace John John! you will be missed my brother!

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  11. Unsafe roads says:

    Police need to have more presence on the road on Sunday’s. Young people are out there getting drunk and high and then speeding home! There should be road blocks set up in the afternoon every Sunday for people leaving run point. The roads are not safe with all those drunk drivers coming from rum point.

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  12. Anonymous says:

    Have a little tact. Regardless of what the circumstances are, making assumptions at a time like this isn’t the most tactful thing to do. The least anyone can do is be respectful to the grieving family and not write remarks such as yours for them to read later. A mother and father just lost their son, children lost their father, siblings lost a brother and the list goes on. You should be more concerned about your actions, than about the actions of others. Everyone makes mistakes and unfortunately some people end up paying for it dearly. Lets not make the situation any more painful that what it already is. Have a little empathy.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Life is so fragile. My deepest condolences to his partner, daughters and the family and friends who love him. My heart breaks for you.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Life would be less fragile if you slowed down and didn’t drink and drive. Thank god he didn’t kill anyone else.

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  14. Anonymous says:

    Is anyone questioning why CUC poles are so close to the edge of the road in some places? Death traps.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Condolences to this man’s family and children, do not blame the pole.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Or, How about you drive responsibly and stay on the road. Blaming the pole, well that’s a new low.

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    • Speak Now says:

      No…..the cars with increased engine capacity are the death traps and drinking while driving only makes it worse.

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    • Anonymous says:

      If you fear stationary objects off the road how do you negotiate on-coming traffic? You must be a nervous wreck…pardon the pun.

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    • Anonymous says:

      They’re there to keep speeders from killing innocent pedestrians.

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    • Anonymous says:

      your type is one of the big problems in our society…

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    • Anonymous says:

      I think they were erected on the reasonable assumption that drivers wouldn’t leave the road to seek them out at high speed.

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    • Anonymous says:

      No, 7.02pm SPEEDING IS A DEATH TRAP!!

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    • Gray Matter says:

      CUC poles do not speed., hope this answers your question.

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    • Anonymous says:

      No

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    • Anonymous says:

      Oh please, the poles are not on the road, they are on the side of the road. Drivers need to stay on the road and stop their carelessness. His life was spared once, but sadly not so lucky the second time. I feel for his wife and three little girls who now have to grow up without him. Blessings on these little ones.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Speeding is the death trap not the poles….

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    • Concerned for our youth. says:

      What is the purpose of a CUC pole?
      In most cases as far as I know, to provide lighting on the road, so where would you propose they put them? Far back in the bush?

      Another case of let’s blame everyone and everything else except the driver who decided to speed and drive carelessly.

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    • Anonymous says:

      That’s residential. There are people walking by the road all the time. It’s luck that he didn’t hit a person.

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    • Anonymous says:

      You are an idiot.

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