Another life lost

Wreck claims 17-year-old boy

A 17-year-old boy is dead following a Sunday morning vehicle crash on Linford Pierson Highway.

The 21-year-old driver of the vehicle was treated at hospital for injuries.

Neither has been identified and the accident is under Royal Cayman Islands Police Services investigation.

Part of the investigation is concentrating on the possibility that the vehicle may have been racing with a second car when the collision occurred. Officers are extremely keen to hear from anyone who saw the white Honda Integra prior to the crash, in particular heading east along Linford Pierson Highway. Officers would also like to hear from anyone who saw any other vehicles on the road at the time. Anyone who can help police with their investigation should contact the Traffic Department on 946-6254.

The 911 Emergency Communications Centre received a call reporting a one-vehicle collision on the Linford Pierson Highway at about 12.30am Sunday.

All three emergency services attended the scene where a white Honda Integra, carrying two men, had apparently collided with a stationary truck.

The 21-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and causing death by dangerous driving. Police were not in a position by press time to name the victim.

‘We are extremely saddened and disappointed to see these collisions take place,’ said Commissioner of Police Mr. Stuart Kernohan. ‘A young man has lost his life this weekend and our condolences go out to his family and friends.

‘Since the beginning of the year, we have been strongly calling on the motoring community to take responsibility for their actions when they are on the roads and to think about their driving each and every time they get behind the wheel. Although we have seen an improvement over recent months the events of this weekend show we cannot be complacent.

‘Speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol are completely unacceptable and I appeal directly to the community to help us stamp these out. Parents, relatives and friends – please keep an eye on those you know, make sure they are driving responsibly and not risking their life or the lives of others and if you know of someone who is failing to comply with the traffic laws please report them to us. Your actions may prevent another death.’

In addition to this incident, the RCIPS responded to several other serious collisions over the weekend.

At around 1am on Saturday officers were deployed to a two-vehicle collision involving a blue Audi and a white truck in the vicinity of Pizza Hut on the West Bay Road.

The drivers of each vehicle sustained injuries for which they received treatment. One of the drivers, a 32-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Shortly afterwards all three emergency services were deployed to a one vehicle collision, which occurred on Seaview Road, about two miles from the Frank Sound Road Junction.

The vehicle, carrying two passengers, had overturned and was resting on its roof.

One passenger had been thrown from the vehicle – the other was released from the car by Fire and Rescue Officers. Both men sustained injuries and were taken to hospital for treatment.

Anyone with information about crime taking place in the Cayman Islands should contact their local police station or Crime Stoppers on 800. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and could be entitled to a cash reward if their information leads to an arrest.