Deadly hit and run

Police were searching for the driver of a dark-coloured car Sunday after a hit and run accident in West Bay left a woman dead.

The 55-year-old victim, who worked as the accounts manager in the Health Services Authority finance department, was leaving a party at Boatswain’s Beach around 11.30pm Saturday when she was struck in the pedestrian crossing on North West Point Road outside Boatswain’s Beach.

Crash site

Crash site

An ambulance rushed the woman to hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival.

The wreck brought a tragic end to what had been a night of celebration for the authority, where staff members were recognised for their achievements throughout the year.

‘It’s unfortunate. We had a great staff awards and appreciation banquet and it was a lovely evening,’ said HSA spokesperson Caswell Walford. ‘For it to have ended this way…’

Mr. Walford said the party had just finished and attendees were filing out of Boatswain’s Beach when the incident occurred.

A caller who reported the accident to 911 said the driver did not stop after striking the 55-year-old woman, who was from George Town.

Boatswain’s Beach Acting Manager and Director Joey Ebanks said he was called about the accident in the middle of the night and drove from Bodden Town to attend the scene in West Bay.

‘I cannot begin to say how sorry we are that this has happened to someone who has been attending a function at our facility,’ Mr. Ebanks said.

Accident investigators were still looking for the vehicle involved in the hit and run at press time Sunday. Inspector Adrian Barnett said he believed the car involved would have significant front-end damage and urged anyone who saw such a car to contact police.

‘If your friend, relative or neighbour returned home last night with front end damage…if you see a car abandoned with front end damage, call the police immediately,’ Inspector Barnett said. ‘We need to locate the driver as quickly as possible.’

Anyone with information about the incident should contact Sergeant Les Franklin on 916-3889.

Sunday’s fatal accident was the 11th to occur this year on Cayman Islands roads. It was the third deadly wreck to happen within the last month.

Less than two weeks ago on 5 December, Liquor Licensing Board Inspector Donald Green died when he lost control of the motorcycle he was driving on Fern Circle near his George Town home.

On 19 November 39-year-old Shaney Tania Bar-On, who was known in Cayman as Shaney Kol, died in a head-on collision on the Esterley Tibbetts Highway. The other driver involved in that crash was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, but no charges have been filed thus far in the incident.

There were 14 fatal accidents in the Cayman Islands last year.

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