Fatal wrecks mar holiday

Three young men died within 24 hours of each other in two separate wrecks on Grand Cayman just a few days before the Christmas holiday.

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service said a 21-year-old man was found inside a submerged vehicle in a dyke road off the Harquail Bypass east of the Galleria Plaza and the Esterley Tibbetts Highway.

Police said a caller reported a vehicle had run off the road around 6.45pm Thursday, 21 December. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators could not immediately determine what happened.

‘It looks like a very unfortunate accident,’ said RCIPS spokesperson Fiona Gallegos.

The victim was identified by friends as Andre Blackwood, a native of Jamaica. Mr. Blackwood was described as a cricket enthusiast, who played in a club on Grand Cayman.

Less than a day before, two Caymanian teenagers died when their car slammed into a cement column at a public beach entrance along West Bay Rd.

RCIPS Traffic Division Chief Inspector Courtney Myles said the two young men were traveling south-bound around 11pm Wednesday, 20 December, when the Honda Civic they were in left the road.

Witnesses said they had seen the vehicle swerving all over the road just before the crash.

The two boys, aged 18 and 19, were identified as Ashier Watson and Cody McLaughlin.

According to RCIPS statistics, the deaths represent the 12th, 13th and 14th accident fatalities on Cayman Islands roads this year.