A police inspector said a group of teens are lucky to be alive after a bizarre accident in the Savannah-Newlands area Tuesday.
He should know.
The vehicle they rode in struck the side of his home.
‘The car came around the corner along Hirst Rd. and the driver lost control, and ran off the road on the right hand side,’ said Royal Cayman Islands Police Inspector Derrick Elliott. ‘The car hit some ficus (trees) and flipped over. It ended up on the side of the house and damaged the window.’
Inspector Elliott, who is second in command of the RCIPS traffic division, said he had just pulled into the yard of the apartments around 12.45pm when he heard the collision.
‘I heard the impact behind me,’ he said. ‘I checked it out. The driver and (three passengers) were all conscious. They were just sitting there crying, more or less.’
Mr. Elliott said it appeared the SUV the teens rode in flipped over 360 degrees and landed on its wheels. He said the 17-year-old driver may have been speeding, but that the previous impact with the trees minimised damage to the home.
‘Apparently, the ficus itself was pushing the car. So when it hit the house it didn’t hit it at full impact,’ he said.
The driver and at least two of the passengers were taken to hospital and released shortly afterward. Inspector Elliott said they appeared to be more emotionally shaken than physically injured.
‘(The driver) was screaming at the top of her voice, she was very emotional,’ he said.
Mr. Elliott said the crash could have been much worse. His son was inside the apartment at the time the SUV broke out the window, but he was not hurt.
He also said it was fortunate the trees lessened the vehicle’s impact and that it landed right-side up.
It was not clear at press time whether the teenage driver had been ticketed in the wreck.