A local musician was hospitalized in critical condition Friday after police said he was run over by a vehicle near the Bodden Town police station the night before.
The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service said it had a 38-year-old man in custody in connection with the incident. Investigators said he had been arrested on suspicion of leaving the scene.
Police were searching for anyone who saw a Chevrolet Astro Van in the area around the time the man was hit.
The victim was identified by relatives as Glen Seymour, 52, a Caymanian. However, he’s likely better known to people on this island as ‘Papa Sleepy,’ the name under which he produced his albums.
A caller reported the hit and run at 9.20pm Thursday, telling police a man had been run over on Bodden Town road in the vicinity of Leroy Fredrick Beach. Police spokesperson Deborah Denis said investigators weren’t ruling anything out, but believed there was no need at this point to ‘actively search for other suspects.’
People in the local music community were surprised to hear about the incident when the Compass contacted them. Hopscotch Recording Studios owner Charles ‘Greg’ Gregory said he had helped ‘Papa Sleepy’ record many songs back in the 1990s.
‘Quite a bit of stuff back in the day,’ said Mr. Gregory. ‘Probably the last thing we did was 10 years (ago) now. I’m sorry to hear about that (the accident), man.
‘He’s very humble, I must say, a very humble guy.’
Some ‘Papa Sleepy’ albums can still be found in Grand Cayman record stores, including one 2000 record entitled ‘Gal, Dem Master,’ which was recorded in Jamaica.
‘He just loves to sing, and write songs and produce them,’ said Mr. Seymour’s sister Karen Baptiste. ‘He’s just a simple guy, you know.
‘The only thing I would ask people to do is just pray for his complete return to health,’ said Ms Baptiste. ‘It’s hard to have a loved one knocked down and left there. It’s just quite upsetting.’