Fatal crash near blowholes in East End

| 20/03/2021 | 42 Comments
Cayman News Service
East End crash 20 March 2021

(CNS): The male driver of a Jeep Wrangler died following a crash early Saturday morning in East End. The single-vehicle collision happened around 2.35am on Seaview Road, in the vicinity of the blowholes, as the jeep was reportedly travelling westbound and ran over the guard railing and into the water. The RCIPS said in a release that one occupant of the vehicle was recovered by officers from the Cayman Islands Fire Service and was taken to the Cayman Islands Hospital by ambulance where he was pronounced dead by the attending doctor.

The police said that no other person has been recovered from this collision and no one else has been reported being involved or injured.

The road wa closed to the public since the arrival of emergency services to accommodate on-scene investigations but the Jeep has since been removed from the crash site and the road has been cleared and reopened.

This is the second person killed on the roads of Grand Cayman this year. Shayne Anthony Ewart (24) from West Bay was killed in January.
This fatal collision is being investigated by the Traffic and Roads Policing Unit and anyone with information is encouraged to call 649-6254 or the Bodden Town Police Station at 947-2220. Anonymous tips can be provided to the RCIPS Confidential Tip Line at 949-7777 or the police website.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    The newly paved East End roads and guard rails sure do give a race track feel and without doubt the speeding and reckless driving has increased. I suggest that electronic speed cameras be installed as the key to road safety will always be for drivers to obey the speed limits.

    The wider the lanes = higher speeds

    • Anonymous says:

      Speed limits have little to do with road safety. We already have perfectly adequate if not too low speed limits in many areas. Proper licencing and driver training is needed. Getting a bunch of poorly trained drivers to slavishly obey an arbitrary number is just going to make driving standards worse just as it does in every country where law enforcement concentrates only on speed.

    • Anonymous says:

      Possibly the worst idea I’ve ever read on CNS.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Considering this was a single car accident, with no passengers, how can so many people assume to know what happened? He could’ve had a medical emergency that caused him to lose control of his vehicle.
    Just recently there was a case of a gentleman having a seizure and going into the water by Frank Sound…
    I hope none of the commenters should ever find themselves the topic of so much speculation online after their deaths.

    Rest in peace to the young man whose life was tragically cut short.

  3. Anon says:

    So why did they have to go all the way to Cayman Islands Hospital. Could they not be taken to Health City?

    CNS: HCCI is a specialist hospital. It doesn’t have emergency facilities.

    • Anonymous says:

      The person in question was obviously deceased so it made no difference. But I do agree. I was living in East End when I called an ambulance for chest pains, difficulty breathing, nearly passing out. I was driven past Health Care City where my cardiac doctor works, and all the way into George Town with the sirens going. If it had been more serious I might not have made it. I wish they could get permission to accept emergencies in certain circumstances.

      • Anonymous says:

        Did you take aspirin before calling 911? Caeynne pepper in hot water to reduce consequences of stroke? Your family members must know what to do while waiting for an ambulance to arrive. That is how we saved grandma. It is not fun to drink glass of hot water/cayenne though, have a spoon of honey prepared.
        Be well!

    • Anonymous says:

      CNS: If that is the case – I am putting this question to the general audience – why is the fact that patients need rushing to Health City such a problem that Health City is building a hospital on the west side of the island? Why do we hear occasionally that Health City has saved another life after transfer? If the hospital with the best chance to keep you alive is not allowed to admit you while you are dying until another hospital has decided you need to go there, does that not just lead to preventable death after preventable death? What part of this makes any sense?

      • Anonymous says:

        Health City don’t want you if you’re an emergency patient, that is the problem; not the other way around. They are not set up to receive emergency patients. (Same reason the ambulance doesn’t stop at the EE or BT clinic on its way past.)

        • SSM345 says:

          I believe it has to do with their “license” which is geared towards “medical tourism”; hence why no ER for domestic emergencies?

          Although I do recall this was going to change…….soon come?

        • Anonymous says:

          If I was health city I wouldn’t want them either.

          There’s a lot of people who may need help, but, drunken revelers from Pirates Cove who have been in punch ups, domestics from BT…not quite the ambience they’re looking for.

        • Anonymous says:

          Why are they not set up to receive emergency patients if they are able to do life-saving surgery? They don’t need an all-singing all-dancing emergency department to be able to take patients who can skip the triage.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Stop judging no one knows what happen could be lots of reason, have a heart

  5. Cycling Eye says:

    Absolutely nothing will be done to deter these speed demons. Once they get behind the wheel they go crazy passing any vehicle complying with the rules of the road. Speed traps and and automatic ticketing by speed robot cameras will deter some of them, but local politics will prevent their adoption at the expense of life and limb. Its easier to say RIP!

  6. Anonymous says:

    People keep saying “We need guard rails” or “We need a wall there” etc.

    NO. What we need are people not to drive drunk, drive like maniacs, or both!

    It’s amazing. When you don’t speed excessively and/or you don’t have 8 beers and a bottle of rum before driving, you don’t end up flying off the road onto the ironshore.

    That being said, RIP to the driver. Condolences to his family and friends.

  7. Concerned says:

    I am a critic of the press on these islands because collectively there is zero ability to actually investigate. All the press do here is report and take what is said as fact.

    CNS: I’ve deleted the rest of your comment because I can’t stomach that amount of condescension from a place of such utter ignorance on a Sunday. First to note that what you said is just rubbish – Wendy spends her life asking questions – but with limited time and resources we have to choose how we use both carefully. Everyone is a media critic but if we did everything that everyone wanted us to, we’d both be working 24/7. Amazingly, we actually need to sleep, eat and rest sometimes in order to function.

    Most of your diatribe appears to suggest that we investigate opinion (yours), which is nonsensical, or do a deep dive to uncover what is common knowledge, which is daft, or ask questions about an ongoing investigation that we know in advance the police won’t answer, or ask questions that have been asked repeatedly to no end.

    Generally speaking, people who don’t know what they are talking about (you, for example) think that this business is easy. But it is actually incredible time consuming to do what we do, and getting answers to questions is often like pulling teeth. If you stopped being a total git for a minute and actually paid attention to those articles where Wendy has got answers to FOIs you would know that many of them take months and months, sometimes years, of back and forth – and you have no idea how many FOIs she is in the process of making. Also take note of the amount of times that she says at the end of articles that she has asked questions and is waiting for the answers.

    Many people do FOIs themselves and send us the result. Feel free.

    Almost all the articles on CNS are written by a single journalist, Wendy, whose output surpasses every other journalist on this island that I have ever known. She works long, long hours and works at speed. Clearly, if we had more journalists we could do more, but we would have to pay them salary, health, pension, and probably a work permit, which we don’t have.

    Just a quick note to mention that we could make a lot more money if we sucked up to government and big money but we prefer to stay independent.

    News is one of those things that everyone wants but many, like you, treat as a public service rather than a business, as if it’s funded magically and has infinite resources. Local news businesses everywhere in the world not just in Cayman, are hanging on by their teeth or just disappearing altogether. We’re still going, and that’s something. Some people have been very generous with donations, and we thank them all sincerely. But generally, people don’t want to pay for online news (which basically means “news” at this point).

    You can read more and make a generous donation to show how concerned you are about local journalism here.

    • Concerned says:

      You assume I am not a journalist. I guess if you had actually asked – something journalists are supposed to be good at – you might find I am a LOT more than you have, at a glance, guessed.

      CNS: I left this first sentence because it’s priceless. The rest was just more of the same condescending rubbish from someone who thinks they know what they are talking about but really doesn’t.

      • Anonymous says:

        Oh Concerned, you do seem to be seeking attention or seeking a job. Post your resume and see who is concerned. Have a good day.

      • Anonymous says:

        Can we have a real name ‘Concerned’ – in the interests of transparency and investigative journalism ?

    • Anonymous says:

      “I’m a critic of the press…”

      Brilliant. Look, this is a small place, with plenty of ridiculous goings on. If you’re not happy with the thoroughness of the investigative reporting, you’re more than welcome to try your hand.

      Marl Road is a novelty. It’s full of gems that you’d enjoy.

      There’s the Compass too. Wallowing between a rock and a hard place. That’s your best bet to look, if you want actual in depth investigations. As Wendy has pointed out, she’s just one person. She happens to do a pretty good job too.

      I’d suggest a person of your calibre should be in Washington, London or Mexico City. Making sure journalism is up to muster!


      CNS: Just to note, that wasn’t Wendy bigging herself up. She doesn’t do that. That was me, Nicky, the comment moderator. But we really appreciate your support. Thank you!

      • Chris Johnson says:

        Wendy is Cayman’s best journalist and reporter. Mr Concerned do you know how difficult it is to investigate in Cayman with all its secrecy. This is evidenced by all the bloggers such as you that are too embarrassed to include your name on articles. Keep hiding behind your blogs and get ignored accordingly. I think Cayman Marl Road is your bailiwick.

        Carpe Diem

        • anonymous says:

          Thanks Chris for putting Concerned back in his box and once again speaking your mind.

        • Brett Hill says:

          Yes, I’m definitely with Chris on this one. Wendy is an excellent journalist. Mind you, I have to give kudos to Michael Klein at the Compass too.

          • Anonymous says:

            James Whittaker at the compass also has some hard hitting output, though I’m not sure if the quality is up to Mr. Klein or CNS standards. I’ve seen typos.

          • Hancock says:

            Brett I completely agree with you.

        • Anonymous says:

          Chris, how do you suggest that those of us who are deeply embedded in the society, with vested interests all over the community, find our voices? Cayman would be a VERY different place if we all used our names. Imagine how often people who thought they were speaking freely would find themselves in direct confrontation with people they know, who could be in power. I don’t want to have to explain to my wife that we can’t afford kids because I lost a job opportunity because I just HAD to express my opinion. It is received wisdom for life here that you keep your mouth shut and feather your nest. What alternate course do you recommend? I would like to be a retired successful professional who can speak freely, just struggling with the middle bit. Some things can only be done by outsiders in societies – and I’m not talking about immigration status, it’s about your place in relation to the rest of your society whether given to you or chosen. James Austen-Smith is another example of an outsider. We applaud you and him but what answer do you have for us? I hold a Cabinet-appointed post and much of my private sector work is done for SAGCs.

          • Anonymous says:

            Grow a pair.

          • Chris Johnson says:

            I applaud your blog and accept your arguments but it does not apply to the remaining 99% of blogs from anonymous. There are those in our society that are highly respected and in a position to speak out and not just the politicians such as Roy Bodden. There are many good ideas being suggested and I feel the Government might take more notice if they knew the editors. There is a lot of positive stuff out there which should be brought to the readers attention rather than continued criticism.

            By the way I am not retired and still work as I enjoy the mental challenge.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Alcohol is one of the biggest killers on this island, but I don’t hear a word from a single candidate about sanctions for drunk drivers or holding bars and liquor outlets liable and their directors and officers for supplying them when they’re drunk.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Rest in peace

  10. Anonymous says:

    Sad, maybe speed but those guard rails is too low should be 18 inches higher

    • Anonymous says:

      Guard rails are not the answer. All police need to be traffic police and they need to enforce all laws so people start to drive like theirs or someone else’s life could be lost.

    • Anonymous says:

      Sadly true, another report suggests that rather than stopping the Jeep going over the ‘guard’ rail flipped it. This was the problem when Armco was first used on race tracks.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes, and giant balloons should line all roads, and there should be speed bumps every 10 meters, and chicanes every 50 meters, and a speed limit of 5mph…

      Nope. People need to realize they’re terrible drivers and follow some semblance of the actual rules of the road.

  11. Elivs says:

    Slow down folks.
    Not surewhat happened but just slow down and drive safely. Life is precious

  12. Anonymous says:

    It’s hard to think of a car I’d like less to be in when crashing, than a Jeep Wrangler.

    The Marl Road comments take will all be hand wringing and prayers. Of course, the proper solution would be to take road safety vaguely seriously and remove a good % of terrible drivers and vehicles from the roads. But that ain’t gonna happen.

    Slow down. Be sober.

  13. Anonymous says:


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