Bus driver dead

Edwin ‘Eddie’ Edwards, the driver of one of the No. 4 East End buses, died at University Hospital in Jamaica Monday.

The cause of death was due to injuries from a collision at Breakers on Friday, 21 September.

Edwards, with several other passengers on board his bus, was heading east along Bodden Town Road.

As he approached the entrance to Caribbean Haven Treatment Centre, a trailer came unhooked from a car travelling in the opposite direction and he swerved to avoid it. The bus then drove into a tree at the entrance to the rehab centre.

Three other passengers on board the bus were also injured in the impact. One remains in Miami receiving medical treatment and the other two have been released from George Town Hospital.

A release from the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service says that the driver of the car, a 47-year-old woman, was arrested on suspicion of performing a reckless and negligent act and has been released on bail pending further investigations. Officers from the Traffic Management Unit are investigating the incident.

Edwards was from Jamaica.

According to his employer, the bus driver paid for the first couple of months on his health insurance policy, but decided he didn’t want to pay anymore and had allowed it to lapse.

Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami was asking for a US $130,000 deposit to admit Edwards, which the employer could not cover, so the decision was taken to send him to Jamaica.

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