Donations taken for crash victim’s family

The 39-year-old woman killed in a vehicle accident on Esterley Tibbetts Highway Monday has been identified as Shaney Tania Bar-On, also known as Shaney Kol, of Australia.

Her 18-month-old daughter, Zoe, who was travelling in the car with her, has been released from hospital and is said to be doing well at home, according to the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service.

The scene of the crash, Monday.

The scene of the crash, Monday. Photo: Jewel Levy

The 1.30pm collision is under investigation by the Traffic Management Unit and officers would like to hear from anyone that witnessed the collision and has not yet spoken to an officer.

A 37-year-old man who was arrested yesterday on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving has been released on police bail pending further enquiries. No charges have been filed.

According to eyewitnesses it appeared the van the man was driving was attempting to pass a car on the two-lane bypass near the Camana Bay roundabout when it slammed into the Honda CRV Mrs. Kol was driving.

Police said the CRV was travelling south bound on Esterley Tibbetts while the van was headed north.

The fatality is the ninth accident to occur on Cayman roads this year. There were 14 fatalities last year.

Mrs. Kol is survived by her daughter, son Max and husband Charlie.

Montessori By The Sea, the school Max attended, is taking donations to help the family return to Australia.

‘Although the Kol family was among the newer additions to our MBTS community, Shanny was a very active member of our school community, doing weekly yoga lessons with the Casa 1 students and being an energetic part of our Parent’s Guild,’ reads a statement from the school. ‘Recently she was working closely on a project that would allow the students to utilize rain water, for gardening, through collection in rain barrels. We remember Shanny as being full of life and always having a smile on her face. It was evident that her husband Charlie and children Max and ZoĆ« were everything to her, and our thoughts and prayers go out to them and the rest of their families during this extremely difficult time.’

Those who wish to help the Kols can make a contribution at the school office by 4pm today, Wednesday.

There is also a book of condolences people can sign.

The school has also engaged a grief counsellor.

‘This will help us be better equipped to support one another and the other members of the community, especially the children who may have many questions and very normal feelings of fear, sadness, and confusion,’ the school’s statement stated. ‘We want to be able to guide the children through this time in the best way possible. We are also able to arrange for the counsellor to be available to individual families or groups of families and specific children as necessary.’

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