Child injured after being run down by car on ETH

| 08/07/2024 | 38 Comments
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(CNS): A young girl who was knocked down by a car near the Island Heritage Roundabout on the Esterley Tibbetts Highway on Saturday night has been treated for her injuries and released, police have said. The police did not reveal how old the girl was but said that she had sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries when she was struck just before 9:30pm. Police officers investigating the incident are calling for witnesses to come forward, but they have not given any details of the vehicle or driver involved.

This collision comes during another sad weekend on Cayman’s roads in which one person was killed in a crash in Bodden Town.

Such incidents continue to occur despite the heightened road safety campaign. RCIPS officers were conducting high visibility policing initiatives and traffic enforcement across the islands, focusing on persistent road safety offences and poor driving behaviour, including speeding, DUI, and inconsiderate and distracted driving. Chief Superintendent Brad Ebanks had once again urged the public to practice safe driving and said that road users would see increased speeding enforcement at night.

However, this ongoing campaign does not yet appear to have had a marked impact on road users and crashes, both major and minor, continue. At the year’s halfway point, another eight people have been killed on local roads.

Anyone with information is asked to call the George Town Police Station at 949-4222. Anonymous tips can be provided to the RCIPS Confidential Tip Line at 949-7777, or the website. Tips can also be submitted anonymously to the Cayman Crime Stoppers website.


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  1. Anon. says:

    Every time you see a speeding car, it is being driven by a Jamaican man in a highlighter yellow or orange shirt. I’ve come to the conclusion that their driving habits are the result of an aggressive culture of incivility.

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Why is this child out at 9:30 pm crossing that road or any road by herself !!!!!

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  3. Anonymous says:

    I had two near misses this morning. Idiot pulling out by ALT/Humane Society was the first. He literally pulled out in front of me without slowing (he should have been stopped until it was clear to pull out). I did an emergency (squeal of tire) stop & missed him by inches. I had simultaneously hit the horn. His response? A dismissive wave of the hand.
    The second decided to change from the right hand lane to the left, but I was in the way so sounded my horn, otherwise he wouldn’t have seen me until he hit me. His response? He laughed.
    Both of these men were older Caymanians. I would name & shame, but then this comment wouldn’t be printed.

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  4. Anonymous says:

    The Cayman Islands needs to criminalise impaired driving with life-changing criminal convictions and prison time, like the rest of the civilised world. There needs to be real world consequences for these destructive decisions, when our part time working police eventually show up. In regards to that second element, why the police aren’t deployed to serve and protect the public every day, at all hours, with a population approaching 100,000, is a real mystery that the governor should be asked to comment on.

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  5. Anonymous says:

    If the RCIPs would track traffic violations according to the nationality of the drivers you would be shocked!

    But that will never happen because most of the police force come from the same country as most of the offenders.

    We need a points system for drivers and make the renewal of a work permit subject to a clean driving record.

    That would solve 50% of the problem. But remember the police budget is decided based on the outputs I.e. number of arrests, convictions, tickets issued and miney collected from tickets.

    Therefore the police need the madness to continue in order to justify their budget. This budgeting approach is the reason why no real effort is being made to fix the problem!

    We must continue to feed the machinery with cash!

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  6. Anonymous says:

    I visited Grand Cayman recently and during the 2 weeks driving around the island I only spotted one Police Vehicle on the road . Why is there so little Police presence ? I thought there was a road safety campaign being conducted. Typical rhetoric with no execution of policy.

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  7. Anonymous says:

    Major flaw with ETH is that you got dual carriageway cutting through residential zones… I’m genuinely surprised this doesn’t happen more. Then combine it with almost no provisioning for pedestrians. Huge risk item for NRA.

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    • Anonymous says:

      There are no pedestrian crossings connecting these neighbourhoods to shopping, restaurants, offices, and services located just across this speedway.

      Worse: pedestrians can properly be located within the reserved bike/pedestrian/shoulder lane and still get clipped by drivers too lazy to steer their vehicle inside the lines. Majority, not minority, of traffic are crossing lane partions and dangerously trespassing into the areas they shouldn’t occupy.

      Dangerous or reckless driving
      76. A person who drives a vehicle or animal on a road dangerously or recklessly, or at a speed or in a manner or in a condition which is dangerous to the public, having regard to all the circumstances of the case, including the nature, condition and use of the road or place and the amount of traffic which is actually at the time, or which might reasonably be expected to be, on the road or place commits an offence and is liable —
      (a) on summary conviction to a fine of one thousand dollars or to imprisonment for one year, or to both, and in addition —
      (i) shall, without an order by the court, automatically be disqualified from holding or obtaining a driver’s licence for twelve months or such longer period as the court may order, the period of disqualification to run from the date of conviction or the expiration of the sentence of imprisonment, as the court may order; and
      (ii) the particulars of the offence shall be endorsed on his driving record; and
      (b) upon conviction on indictment, to a fine of three thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a term of two years, or to both, and in addition —
      (i) shall, without an order by a court, automatically be disqualified for two years or such longer period as the court may order, from holding or obtaining a driver’s licence or driving a vehicle on the road, the period of disqualification to run from the date of conviction or the expiration of the sentence of imprisonment, as the court may order; and
      (ii) the particulars of the offence shall be endorsed on his driving record.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I think the infrastructure design has part of the blame here. The NRA needs to decide whether they want ETH to be a controlled access highway or a road/boulevard, because currently we are getting the worst of both worlds.

    Its not a good highway because you have to slow down every 30 seconds for a roundabout limiting traffic throughput and its not a good road because of a severe lack of pedestrian crossings, signals and refuge islands.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Refuge islands have never worked in Cayman. Crosswalks and hardscaping the shoulders with armadillos would be welcome. But the bike lanes promised by Joey Hew in 2015, and part of requirements for every NRA project since, don’t even exist yet, nearly a full decade later. The Caymanian voting public does not know how to hold anyone to account, or run them out of office when they fail over and over.

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      • Anonymous says:

        Traffic Islands didn’t work in the 90’s, were eventually dismantled as they impede emergency vehicles.

  9. Elvis says:

    I was overtaken driving down Hirst road this evening by a white Honda fit crossing a solid white line, must have been doing 60 mph then passed me and another car and swerved in quickly. I come to the conclusion it’s not the cars it’s the idiots buying these Honda fits all along. We flying in idiots need i say more?

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  10. Anonymous says:

    If they paint a large 40 on the road it will solve all the problems.

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  11. Anonymous says:

    if i had video footage of the incident…would the police farce want it?

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  12. Anonymous says:

    Speed cameras will solve it and be a revenue stream.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Cameras don’t catch impaired and/or reckless drivers nor do they read the license plates of those doing wheelies and/or missing or with obscured/tinted plates! We are already paying handsomely for 400+ full time career officers – wth are those personnel? Why aren’t they deployed in the updated hardware we keep replacing?

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      • Anonymous says:

        Actually, cameras can catch all of those things. If we let them. And they don’t need shifts or overtime.

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  13. Anonymous says:

    when crossing over into Snug Harbor, car going south flew around the corner and clocked 77 mph on the monitor at Palm Heights at 17.30 in the evening

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    • Anonymous says:

      Those challenge speed readers are so fun. Thanks CIG!

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    • Anonymous says:

      A speed ticket would take their license away. Job done

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      • Sherlock says:

        Losing their license has very little impact on people who don’t care about the rules of the road. You can see on the criminal court listings each day how many people are being charged for driving without a license, or worse, driving without insurance. I think the insurance companies should have to report to the DVDL when a policy is cancelled, so they can monitor and report to the police when a vehicle is uninsured.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Hope the girl fully recovers.

    Pedestrians have to be extra vigilant crossing ETH, particularly on roundabouts. Drivers arent necessarily expecting pedestrians and drivers will also have their attention diverted looking out for any vehicles on the right they have to yield to.

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    • anon345 says:

      Lane discipline is awful. Cars regularly cut the corner going (way) over the solid white line on the left as they enter the roundabout. Pedestrians use the hard shoulder so it is important to stay in lane.

      Unsurprisingly the worst offenders are those speeding as they are trying to take the racing line which inevitably results in the most damaging incidents.

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      • Anonymous says:

        The ETH is a busy recreational area for pedestrians joggers and cyclists. There needs to be hardscaping to safeguard these areas, and crosswalks for those trying to cross the road against unchecked speedway traffic to the stores and services on the other side.

    • Anonymous says:

      “drivers will also have their attention diverted looking out for any vehicles on the right they have to yield to”

      Blatantly not true, you can tell when a space opens for up 3-4 cars to go at roundabout, and only one car pulls out, because the lead car takes too long, or the second car doesn’t have their attention on the roundabout.

      Then you have all the people texting, or on their phone, who have no attention on the road, which on a Friday evening seems to be 50% of drivers

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    • Anonymous says:

      Fundamentally, drivers must be alert, have their eyes open, applying normal licensed-driver vigilance to ensure the roadway ahead is clear and safe to proceed, and adjusting their velocity to the ambient conditions. It doesn’t matter where that operator is piloting a vehicle. Victim-blaming is so tiresome. There shouldn’t ‘t be any ornamentation in the middle of these roundabouts impairing or blocking this forward line of sight, if we want to have safe communities.

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      • Anonymous says:

        Just some of the roundabout installed visibility impediments:
        Insurance company shrines.
        Bank advertising.
        Media house advertising with LED signs.
        Ornate Christmas lights.
        Ornate Nativity displays……
        Dense shrubbery and foliage.
        Steel re-Inforced concrete walls ( Tend to slow down more than a few vehicles that decided to just drive straight ).
        Anywhere else in the world, roundabouts are left barren with just a grass surface so drivers can see across the round about .
        Visibility…so you can actually see..
        Imagine?

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  15. Anonymous says:

    I drove the Spotts speedway on each on Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Both directions, so four times.

    Each time there were numerous vehicles going at least 60 MPH and some much greater.

    Why not have daily speed traps on that road, both along the road and with ghost police cars? And start picking these idiots off, and slapping them with a ticket and/or dangerous driving charges. If drivers know that road will be consistently patrolled, this dangerous speeding will significantly decrease.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Exactly – and enough of the “high visibility” patrol cars. How many times do you see speeders slow down to the limit (or under) only to rev up again when the police are out of sight. Ghost cars is what we need, and not just the one – maybe every couple of miles to surprise the idiots when they speed up again.

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      • Anonymous says:

        Anyone showing up at this point is an improvement, that’s how scant the presence is. That selective presence doesn’t serve as a deterrent is an entirely different problem. It doesn’t matter if the cars are marked or not, if nobody is getting pulled over and ticketed with a life lesson.

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    • Anonymous says:

      And yet the speed trap is set up on Sunday afternoon on Walkers Road (again), under the shadiest tree at the quietest time.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Cameras – they can actually do a job, unlike the traffic department.

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      • Anonymous says:

        Someone needs to be out there, pulling over cars and donorcycles without headlights, license plates, valid inspection, insurance, or even a driver’s license (from any country). For that, we need physical human beings that show up for work, and do their job.

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    • Dave says:

      We need average speed cameras. That will slow everyone down all times.

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