Honda Fit driver killed in Bodden Town crash

| 06/07/2024 | 50 Comments

(CNS): A 60-year-old man from East End was killed in another early morning road collision in Bodden Town, police have confirmed. Just after 2:30am on Saturday, the police and emergency services responded to a report of a two-vehicle crash on Shamrock Road in the vicinity of Pasture Drive, in the Northward area of Bodden Town. It is understood that a Honda Fit was hit by an Isuzu Elf, and the drivers of both vehicles were seriously injured.

They were both transported to the hospital, where the 60-year-old driver of the Honda Fit later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead by the attending doctor. The driver of the Elf remains in the hospital being treated for serious injuries.

Although Shamrock Road was closed as traffic investigators investigated the cause of the crash, it has since been cleared and reopened. This is the fifth fatal crash on Cayman’s roads this year, and the latest victim is the eighth person to be killed in what is shaping up to be another very dangerous year for drivers.

The man’s death comes just five days after two people were killed in a major collision on Shamrock Road in Spotts. However, the police and the government are still hoping that the current road safety campaign will make a difference to Cayman’s increasingly dangerous roads.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Bodden Town Police Station at 947-2220.


Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Tags: , ,

Category: Local News

Comments (50)

Trackback URL | Comments RSS Feed

  1. Anonymous says:

    Actually, no. Google is your friend.

    Italy Road deaths per 100,000 population: 5.2
    Jamaica Road deaths per 100,000 population: 15.1

    Death on the roads is 3 times more prevalent in Jamaica than it is in Italy. The rate in Honduras is even worse than Jamaica at 16.

    By way of comparison the rate in our mother country, the UK, is 3.8.

    Readers should also bear in mind that vehicles tend to be travelling much faster in the UK and Italy given those countries’ extensive motorway systems.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Whilst you can’t blame the car for the terrible driving, horrible drivers also drive Civics, accords, mkX’s and those stupid vans, it’s also true that the Fits seem to be involved in a very disproportionate number of deaths.

    • Anonymous says:

      One in four cars on the road is a Honda Fit. It’s the cheapest car, driven by the poorest, often with least driving experience. That’s the recipe.

      10
      2
      • Anonymous says:

        Look at the last inquest and the shocking revelation that the Honda Fits we import are Japanese cars, not manufactured to US or UK safety standards, made from cheaper steel and lacking reinforcement and crash protection required before you could legally drive them in the US, UK or Europe.

        1
        0
      • Carmen says:

        they should be banned.
        my personal opinion.

    • Anonymous says:

      the only thing in life that has made me consider praying is if it’s Jon Jon leaving the office, a voxy van or similar, taxi driver, or a public bus with praying hands decal. I know they are the absolute worst drivers alive and why would Jesus our Lord allow that? The greater public is irrelevant.

  3. John Smith says:

    This is a small island. There is terrible, dangerous driving on Shamrock Road EVERY SINGLE DAY. It would be SO EASY to stop the bad drivers by having police out enforcing the laws of the road on a daily basis. Is that REALLY TOO MUCH TO ASK??

    17
  4. Anonymous says:

    Ban the Honda Fits from Japan. They’re not US road safety compliant as they don’t have the super high-strength structural steel and it doesn’t have the same type of impact bar as the US version. The chance of crawling out of a wreckage of another car is much higher.

    Appreciate all the comments about it being the drivers etc., but this Japan spec Honda Fit is known to be deficient in the safety category.

    Be warned!

    19
    17
    • Anonymous says:

      nonsense….
      so honda(one of the worlds leading car makers) is now making unsafe cars that are only suitable for japan(one of the most highly regulated countires in the world) and not safe for the great cayman islands…..
      welcome to wonderland.

      18
      4
      • Anonymous says:

        from i was a little boy we all heard that the Japanese cars did not meet us standards

        4
        6
      • Anonymous says:

        It’s actually true. Do some research.

        4
        2
      • Anon says:

        Actually this is true.
        Honda manufactures cars for the U.K./US market and also for what they call “rest of the world”.
        Those are made to be sold cheaper.
        Therefore the first thing that goes are the safety features.
        I am not sure if it is CNS or the Compass who wrote an article about this recently following the death of the young female doctor at the wheel of a Honda Fit.
        Do a bit a google research.what you read will horrify you.

        • Anonymous says:

          facts, please. and the compass article has some serious deficiencies.

          the cars we import are JDM – Japanese domestic market. they are the same cars that the Japanese drive, and the Japanese road death rates are a fraction of those of the UK or the US. Think about that a bit.

    • Anonymous says:

      so you want to ban motor bikes too i presume?

      11
      1
    • Anonymous says:

      Plenty of people driving those same Honda Fits without dying every day, simply by not driving like a gaping dickhole.

      27
      2
    • Anonymous says:

      Please. Get a grip. Fits are more than 10% of the legally registered cars in the islands and surely do way more than 10% of the actual miles driven. Many registered luxury cars just aren’t daily driven like fits are.

      Do not be surprised that they are involved in accidents more than other cars. That’s statistics.

      Look at the time of day and the speeds involved in so many of these fatal accidents – do you really think any car is at fault for that?

      11
      • Anonymous says:

        Look at the last inquest results – so sure crashes are down to drivers f0r the most part, but surviving the crash is down to the safety standards in its construction.

        1
        1
    • Anonymous says:

      Cayman isn’t the US so why would that be the standard for safety compliance? Cayman has no high speed expressways, or even highways with speed limits above 50 mph. Many surface streets in the US have speed limits approaching Cayman highway speed limits, hence the need for more robust safety measures.

      5
      1
      • Anonymous says:

        but we put telephone poles damn near in the road. probably need higher standards for that level of stupidity.

    • Anonymous says:

      Big claims. Link some primary evidence, please.

      Can’t? Ok then.

  5. Anonymous says:

    There are zero police on the road at any time other then when stuck in traffic. Get with it and start setting up speed traps.

    14
  6. Anonymous says:

    In 2️⃣0️⃣1️⃣4️⃣, the National Roads Authority partnered with the International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP) to conduct a national network safety assessment. The goal was to identify sections of Cayman’s roads where improvements could lead to a reduction in serious and fatal accidents.
    https://www.caymanroads.com/upload/files/4/64135dbc7674b.pdf

    A newly (2️⃣0️⃣2️⃣3️⃣) published Cayman-wide road safety plan sets out how the government can cut deaths, injuries and offences on the islands’ roads over the next 15 years.
    https://www.gov.ky/publication-detail/national-road-safety-strategy-2023-2038

    Infrastructure and Public Transport Minister Jay Ebanks dubbed the strategy, the “Road to Zero” because of its aim to eliminate deaths on Cayman’s roads.

    He said this will be done by using the “three Es of road safety” which are engineering, education and enforcement.

    8
    0
    • Anonymous says:

      One year passed since 2023, 10 years passed since 2014. What are the road deaths statistics?

  7. Anonymous says:

    Honda Fit = Death Trap, and if you can’t see that you’re not paying attention.

    15
    18
    • Anonymous says:

      Funny we have a lot of these in UK and they are not involved in such car accidents. Don’t blame the car – blame the drivers on the road. Lived in Cayman for 17 years and the quality of driving is the worst I have seen in any country I have visited or lived in. Coupled with ZERO enforcement by the useless police force.

      36
      • Anonymous says:

        There are no JAPANESE manufactured Honda Fit’s on the UK roads. The equivalent Honda Jazz is manufactured to UK/European standards.

        8
        7
      • Anonymous says:

        you’ve obviously not been to Jamaica to see their driving skills on display.

        13
      • Anonymous says:

        Read the inquest report – Japanese manufactured and distributed Fits are very different to those intended for Western markets – poorer steel, less impact protection. not a like for like comparison.

    • https://data.who.int/indicators/i/B9D9E6A/D6176E2

      “In Japan, the road traffic mortality rate (per 100 000 population) has been 2.7 deaths per 100 000 in 2021.”

      I’ll let the data speak for itself.

      That rate is way below the US and the UK and is with cars meeting Japanese safety standards. The same exact cars we import used.

      The problem isn’t the cars.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I wish, when these news outlets are publishing people’s death, they will use the correct wording. It should read, a Jamaican national, or whichever nationality, living in East End, North Side, or wherever.

    CNS: The police generally don’t release such details in the initial report.

    12
    5
  9. Voxy Lady says:

    The tragic death should not be blamed on the Honda Fit. Most cars taking that impact would cause lethal injuries.

    The mini truck was likely doing 40+ MPH.

    The pledge has had no effect on aggressive and reckless drivers, and neither have the rozzers.

    The carnage and deaths will continue.

    49
    6
    • Anonymous says:

      you should not be making any conclusions

      12
      6
    • Anonymous says:

      i would guess that based on the location the truck driver was doing the speed limit of 40mph and coming around a bend and the honda fit driver pulled out onto the road in front of him.

    • Anonymous says:

      Very true.

      Also, make no mistake, the Mitsubishi Elf is a large commercial vehicle. Any passenger car would fare very poorly.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Hope is not a strategy.

    19
  11. Anonymous says:

    it’s not the cars…it’s the drivers.
    banning fits would be the equivalent of banning motor bikes.

    49
    6
    • Anonymous says:

      Not sure I’m willing to take that chance given all the Honda Fit deaths on our roads and I suspect might be a bit harder to sell a Fit moving forward.

      10
      11
  12. Anonymous says:

    The stretch of road between Northward and Condor should have speed bumps. Drivers cannot be trusted to behave, and if there’s a serious accident it basically halts all traffic.

    So, two serious crashes by our elite drivers on Shamrock Road. Where’s J with his great ideas?

    Questions include, why was a seemingly commercial vehicle being driven at 2am? Does insurance here cover non-work related journeys?

    I feel for the family of the deceased. A death for no reason.

    Can we scrap the ridiculous pledge? I’d rather have some serious solutions to these accidents.

    38
    4
    • Anonymous says:

      Even in a Dominican Republic all new roads have speed bumps where it is necessary. I was surprise to see that.

      4
      1
  13. Anonymous says:

    Deepest condolences.

    Three suggestions for the Police if they would like to make our roads as safe as possible:

    Enforce the Law
    Enforce the Law
    Enforce the Law

    Oh, and given that it might all seem too much like hard work:

    Use Technology
    Use Technology
    Use Technology

    44
    3
  14. Anonymous says:

    Where are people going at 2:30am??? The drunk/party culture on this island is disgusting. No one wants to be home anymore just on the streets of Cayman getting up to no good. Stay home people and get a good nights rest, your life literally depends on it as you can see.

    37
    1
  15. Anonymous says:

    CNS, can you ask the RCIPS why it’s taking so long to get cameras on the road? The lack of police presence at that time is another major issue they need to address. It’s that same strip of road every time. They have to be proactive & stop the speeding before it takes a life.

    31
    3
    • Anonymous says:

      While they are at it, can they please explain why it is taking so log to investigate some of the more egregious status grants, gasboy, and the paving of private driveways?

      16
    • Anonymous says:

      Waiting on Mr. Bush!

      6
      1

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.