Police investigate roundabout hit-and-run

| 31/05/2023 | 23 Comments

(CNS): The RCIPS has now confirmed that it is investigating an incident that happened on 18 May involving a cruise ship visitor, who was hit by a car on the Butterfield roundabout in George Town earlier as she tried to cross the road. Police said they had tracked down the vehicle, which left the scene at the time, and had spoken with the driver, though they did not say that he had been arrested.

The police released the information after the victim’s husband and a witness posted on social media looking for other witnesses to help find the small gold Daihatsu that had knocked the woman down before blaming her and driving off.

The woman and her family were taken back to the ship by a good Samaritan who witnessed the incident, which apparently left her with a broken leg and wrist.

The police said they were aware of posts on social media about the collision, but confirmed that the incident was reported to police that day and that the investigation into the matter has been ongoing. Officers have identified the vehicle involved in the collision and made contact with the driver, police said. They are also in contact with the pedestrian, who was a visitor to the island, and her family.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or have any information is asked to contact the Traffic and Roads Policing Unit at 649-6254. Anonymous tips can be provided to the RCIPS Confidential Tip Line at 949-7777 or the website.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Does anyone know what the threshold tests are for “careless driving” versus “dangerous driving”? Shouldn’t a driver always be paying attention? Cayman’s unusual sentencing gaps seem to reward inattentive driving, minimising the grievous injuries, lives forfeited, and the rights of the soft target victims to some semblance of judicial deterrence. There is something wrong with the proportionality of our case law that rewards vehicular manslaughter with 3 months remote work at home on an ankle tag. Far too many of these incidents.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Butterfield roundabout is a little off the usual route for cruise ship passengers, isn’t it ?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Why was she taken to the ship with a broken leg and wrist ? That makes no sense to me!

  4. Rodney Barnett IV says:

    In my opinion, I’m surprised they were able to track down the driver of the vehicle. After all, when you consider the government launched a “new tabs” program over five years ago, and there are still worn-out unreadable tabs on many cars — new and old–, it’s incredible that the vehicle had a readable tag. It seems the program was millions and millions of dollars, yet the government could not even do it right and on time!

  5. Anonymous says:

    They have already “spoken to the driver”? But no arrest? I thought leaving the scene of an accident was a crime? Or is it a bit like hitting a light pole – depends who you are?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Imagine running someone down and then blaming them? Clearly that driver hasn’t read the road rules, because pedestrians have the right of way – a driver has to give way to any pedestrian.
    But here they speed up when they see a pedestrian. Gov needs to start issuing points for bad driving and get these bad drivers off the road.

    • Anonymous says:

      you don’t simply walk into the street as you like and have a blanket right of way, that’s absurd. If a pedestrian is on a marked crossing then absolutely they have the right if way.
      If trying to cross multiple lanes of a roundabout rather than taking the time to go to a designated crossing they deserve what they get and deserve to be told about it.

      • Anonymous says:

        In Cayman and other cruise ships destinations, as well as in most beach, sea side resorts and vacation spots, people “simply [do] walk into the street as you [they] like”.

        It is impossible to prevent due to the volume of visitors.

        Locals do expect this to happen and that is why they drive with caution.

      • Anonymous says:

        in the last 3 weeks,I’ve been almost hit twice crossing on a marked crossing, with the light flashing, one on WB Road, the other in Town.

        the first I managed to jump out of the way, the second time I was struck and cracked a wing mirror which hurt.

        Both times, already crossed 2 of the 3 lanes, when both times a car has blasted through the crossing without slowing, both times head down texting.

        Did I report to the police? no, as why bother, you know they won’t investigate. I just recorded both number plates for future reference.

        So please drivers pay as much attention to the road when driving, as you do to all the gossip.

        Why is it seen as a bigger faux pas to text while in a pew, than while driving and potentially killing someone.

        We rely on the police to enforce the laws to protect us, if they don’t who is left to enforce them.

        The rise in road rage is a direct indicator of this.

      • Anonymous says:

        Nice bit of victim blaming there. So pedestrians trying to cross Godfrey Nixon or the ETH there is fair game as far as you are concerned? Because of the absence of “designated crossings”? And by the way, right of way doesnt mean you can just mow down pedestrians – you are meant to be driving with due care and attention.

  7. Anonymous says:

    if i had dashcam footage…would you want it?

  8. Anonymous says:

    The state of these roads is a disgrace.

    No meaningful enforcement. Muppets seen driving on EVERY journey. Crapheaps driving around with no repercussions.

    Does the police commissioner ever drive here? I’m genuinely perplexed to know what his thoughts are on this issue.

  9. Anonymous says:

    If only they put so much effort in to breathalyzing drivers who crash in to light poles late at night.

    • Anonymous says:

      or even occasionally breathalyze drivers that haven’t crashed.

      Out of the people arrested for drunk driving last year 95%, were involved in crashes.

      The police seem to be fine with drink-driving unless you are involved in a crash.

      • Anonymous says:

        Where did you get that stat? 95%? No chance.

        Show your proof.

        • Anonymous says:

          I’m not sure of the figures, but an old story about a clampdown in the past was not far off. Only a couple of DUI were found who weren’t in a crash that police attended.

      • Anonymous says:

        From the actions of the police, one can conclude that they believe a slightly speeding motorist is a greater hazard than a driver 6 times over the DUI limit and still supping down from a bottle of rum.

        Why? they actively seek out speeders, but not DUI drivers unless they crash.

        Its not exactly difficult to spot the wasted drivers while driving home after working late, as they weave all over the road.

        So one can conclude they actually encourage people to DUI, as the is almost no chance you will get caught.

        Is a law without any enforcement, still a law or a guideline.

        You get in more trouble for parking in one of the police parking spots at Kirks than if you illegally park in the disabled spot.
        That just tells you the priorities of the RCIP

        • Anonymous says:

          as a pregnant woman I park there every time. those lazy police can get a new spot. it should be a spot for expecting mothers. some of us have other small children to cart around as well.

    • Anonymous says:

      Hey bite your tongue. Some have sasquatch, some have chupacabbra but we have the world’s only moving power poles. Just ask all the crash drivers. They’ll swear it’s true.

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