One man killed in early morning road crash

| 26/05/2022
Scene of crash on the West Bay Road, 26 May

(CNS) UPDATED: A 41-year-old man was killed in a two-vehicle crash on the West Bay Road that happened at around 4:00 Thursday morning by the Ritz Carlton hotel at the junction of Safehaven Drive. Police said that the driver of a Honda Civic died after he was trapped in the car following a collision with a Hyundai Santa Fe. That driver was treated in hospital and has since been arrested.

The driver of the Honda was cut out of the car by Cayman Islands Fire Service crews and taken to the Cayman Islands Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The 24-year-old West Bay man who was driving the Hyundai received non-life-threatening injuries and has since been discharged from the hospital. He has since been arrested on suspicion of DUI and bailed.

The West Bay Road was closed temporarily following the crash, causing traffic delays during this morning’s commute. However, it has since been fully reopened.

This is the seventh fatal road crash of 2022, and the victim is the eighth person to be killed on local roads during the first five months of this year.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    So much bad driving and speed on the Island which equals the accidents and fatalities. We need solutions, drivers education, stricter monitoring of speeding get some of these junk cars off the roads!

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  2. Anonymous says:

    We totally need speed cameras. That and points on licences so that when people hit specified level they get disqualified from driving. It’s frankly ridiculous that this is even happening here. Speed cameras will pay for themselves within weeks I would imagine!

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  3. Anonymous says:

    alcohol probably wasn’t involved. there is speeding constantly along west bay road. overtaking in the middle lane, driving through the pedestrian crossing while it’s blinking. terrible driving culture in cayman and I think its down to lack of respect

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  4. Anonymous says:

    In agreement with the other comments on here re: terrible driving standards, coupled with under the influence maniacs hurtling down the road in the middle lane in excess of 50 mph are responsible for the majority of the serious accidents. But at what point does the government become partially culpable due to complete inaction to take this problem seriously. For so long now its looked like there is no one in government either capable or willing to make the decisions which might reduce the risks to law abiding road users. The CIG have pots of money to waste on vanity projects, so bringing in nationwide measures to improve road safety surely cant be beyond achievable. #worldclass

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  5. Anonymous says:

    Install speed humps in all 25 mph zones.

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  6. Anonymous says:

    It’s always startling see these car fatalities updates as the island is a small community.
    My guess for the crash is perhaps alcohol but definitely speeding in the middle lane by passing a slower car in the left lane.
    Easy way to stop speeding is radar cameras auto ticketing like they have in Alberta Canada. They are annoying when you get a speeding ticket in the mail but it definitely works.

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    • Anonymous says:

      The speed cameras do work (amazing how this keeps drivers within the speed limit on the Deerfoot freeway in Calgary or the Whitemud freeway in Edmonton).

      Install speed cameras. Cant renew your registration or transfer ownership of your car until unpaid fines are paid.

      This will end most speeding. It works.

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  7. Anonymous says:

    With a speed limit of 25 mph? wow! How can this happen?

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  8. Anonymous says:

    Install speed cameras and actually punish drunk drivers

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  9. Anonymous says:

    Very sad,but some of these drivers need to do their test over and be professional on the road,so is some of these bicycle riders who think they own the road.

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  10. Anonymous says:

    Cue another expensive forensic investigation into the crash. Sucking time and money away from the traffic department.

    Let’s set aside the millions of dollars it takes to investigate multiple fatal accidents, and invest it in a much larger and professional traffic unit. Then, these things may not happen as regularly.

    I truly hope the deceased wasn’t an innocent bystander in this accident.

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  11. Anonymous says:

    25 MPH zone. Maybe lower it to 15?

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    • Anonymous says:

      The driver wasn’t obeying 25mph at 4am what makes you think he’ll obey 15mph? You’d just be impacting those that follow traffic laws then.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Doesn’t matter what the posted limit is when it’s ignored.
      It’s a 3 lane road so 30 mph should be fine, but idiots race at 50+

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      • Anonymous says:

        West bay road is a two lane road, not 3 lane! The middle lane area of for when you turn in somewhere, not a lane for general use

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    • Anonymous says:

      Doubt at least one of them was going 25MPH. I run in the morning on West Bay Road before sunrise and there single vehicles going 50 to 60 MPH at times (not exaggerating) because they feel they have the road completely to themselves at that hour (which they usually do).

      From other pictures, looks like the SUV t-boned the car.

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      • Anonymous says:

        They are not going that speed for any reason other than: the police let them.

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        • alonzo says:

          your sentence makes no logical sense, how did the police let them? If I was to elaborate on your comment we could say ”the public let me or the queen of F England let them??” or why not..lets blame you. Why weren’t you there to stop him from speeding?? Lets stop looking for excuses, he did it because that’s what he wanted to do ( if he was speeding that is) its like the famous saying ”guns don’t kill people, people do”

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    • Anonymous says:

      It still won’t stop people doing 50 mph! It need speed cameras on west bay road.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Sure, maybe make it illegal to leave your homes? People need to be protected from themselves. SMH

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    • Anonymous says:

      People need to learn to drive. Are car is deadly at 10mph if you cant drive properly.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Maybe don’t get behind the wheel absolutely wasted and drive 65 mph down W Bay Rd?

      Maybe actually make those people who come from countries where you can buy your drivers license actually take a drivers test before giving them a licence?

      Maybe actually have a police force who actually enforces the law rather than just show up after it has been broken.

      So many maybes? 🤔

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    • Anonymous says:

      Totally irrelevant. The ONLY thing that will stop this stupidity is proper driver training, testing and licensing. Most of the licenses people are driving round here with are worthless.

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    • Anonymous says:

      How ridiculous. Maybe have police enforce the 25mph limit? Or hey, how about people just OBEY THE LAW!?

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    • Anonymous says:

      26 @ 8:21 am – Typical knee-jerk reaction! Do you know that speed caused this accident?

      I believe poor driving is a bigger factor in local accidents than simply speeding.

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      • Anonymous says:

        It was sarcasm, as if to say, “how is this even possible”?

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      • Anonymous says:

        Clearly these two vehicles came together on a road where the posted speed limit is just a little more than a golf cart path, and where full stop braking distance for both should have been less than 20 feet. RIP.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Yep. But need to enforce it with hefty fines when persons are in breach. Police presence has to be increased especially during those hours when speeding is more likely to occur. Need cameras installed to detect when people are going above the speed limit.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Maybe just rigorously enforce our laws?

      May the victim Rest In Peace.

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