With the death of a young woman on Friday in West Bay, Cayman has seen five road fatalities within four months from 4 January to 4 May.
If that accident rate continues the country will have equalled last year’s total of 14 deadly accidents by the end of 2007.
As of 7 May Cayman is averaging one death in an auto accident every 25.4 days.
According to statistics from the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service, the number of deadly accidents had already reached nine by this time in 2006. However, fatal wrecks dropped off through the second half of last year until two December crashes killed three young men.
Police Commissioner Stuart Kernohan had said in April that he was cautiously pleased by the early drop in accidents, but he said it was too early to identify that as a trend.
‘There are still far too many incidents taking place,’ Mr. Kernohan said then.
The latest incident was the collision that occurred on North West Point Road around 11.15 Friday night.
A 20-year-old woman died after the Honda Accord she drove collided with a Porsche Boxter. A man and a woman in the Porsche were hospitalised late Friday after the wreck. They were still in hospital as of press time Monday, but were expected to survive.
Police are investigating whether the Honda’s driver may have been speeding just before the accident occurred. It was also unclear whether she was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.
‘We’ve lost another young one,’ said Chief Inspector Courtney Myles of the RCIPS Traffic Management Department. ‘We just want to encourage the young drivers out there to drive with extreme caution at all times. This island is so small you can be anywhere you want to be within 45 minutes.’
RCIPS is still investigating the accident and a spokesperson said no arrests have been made. The crash victim was identified by police as Ysatis Nathine Chin of West Bay.
The deadly wreck is the first to have occurred in the island’s West Bay district this year. All of the other fatal accidents have happened in Cayman’s eastern districts or in North Side.
All five of the fatal collisions have happened between the hours of 9pm and 4am.
Four of the five victims were age 25 or younger. The fifth, 53-year-old Glen ‘Pappa Sleepy’ Seymour, was struck by a van as he was walking along Bodden Town Rd.
The average age of those who’ve died in car accidents this year is 27. Without including Mr. Seymour, who was a pedestrian, in the total that average drops to younger than 21 years of age.
Anyone with information about Friday’s wreck is asked to call the Traffic Management Division at 946-6275.