HSA mourns crash victim

Staff members of the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority gathered Monday afternoon to mourn the loss of a colleague who was killed in a hit and run accident Saturday night.

Police said 55-year-old Quindel Ames was struck in the crosswalk of North West Point Road just outside Boatswain’s Beach. She had been attending a party at Boatswain’s that night that was held to honour the achievements of HSA staff throughout the year.

The car that struck Ms Ames, and its driver, had not been located by police as of press time Monday.

The victim worked as the accounts payable manager in the HSA finance department.

Acting HSA Chief Executive Officer Lizzette Yearwood issued the following statement Monday in response to the accident:

‘Quindel was a wonderful person and a fine employee. Her sudden passing in such tragic circumstances has left all of us in a vacuum of grief and darkness. I have no words to express at this moment except to convey my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and to our colleagues particularly in the finance department.’

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service set up a major incident room at the traffic department Sunday to help focus efforts in investigating the hit and run, and asked anyone with information about the accident to call 946-6372 or 946-6254.

Ms Ames was struck by what was described as a dark coloured car around 11.30pm Saturday. Witnesses told police the car did not stop after hitting the victim and sped off north bound on North West Point Road. She died on arrival at hospital.

Officers thought it was likely the vehicle involved in the accident would have sustained significant front end damage, and urged anyone who spotted such a car abandoned or parked somewhere to report it to police.

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