Hit, run arrest made

A West Bay man has been arrested in connection with the hit and run death of a Cayman Islands Health Services Authority employee that occurred outside Boatswain’s Beach last weekend.

The 22-year-old suspect was picked up Tuesday evening, and police said they have also recovered a vehicle believed to be involved in the wreck. It is being examined by Royal Cayman Islands Police scenes of crime specialists.

The man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and leaving the scene of an accident. No charges had been filed as of press time.

The Caymanian Compass is withholding his name pending the filing of charges.

The arrest came about three days after the death of 55-year-old Quindel Ames. Ms Ames was struck by a car while crossing North West Point Road outside Boatswain’s Beach late Saturday night.

Police said she was leaving a Health Services Authority staff party and was in the road’s crosswalk when she was struck. Witnesses said the driver who hit Ms Ames did not stop.

The incident shocked both the HSA staff and the entire community of Grand Cayman. Hospital staff gathered on Tuesday afternoon to pay their respects to Ms Ames, who had worked at the HSA since 2004 as the accounts payable manager in the financial services department.

More than 100 people attended the service.

Pastor Shian O’Connor of the Seventh Day Adventist Church managed to put the tragedy of Ms Ames’ death in accounting terms.

‘On one side of the account there is a debit and on the other side there is a credit. Ms Ames family on earth has lost a friend — that’s the debit — but in the books of heaven, there is a credit.’ (see Caymanian Compass, 19 December)

The RCIPS set up a major incident room to help coordinate its investigation into the hit and run accident. The Senior Inspector on the case, Courtney Myles, made impassioned pleas for public assistance and also asked for the suspect to come forward and turn himself in.

Police said the 22-year-old West Bay man arrested Tuesday did not voluntarily surrender, but was located through investigations.

Anyone with information about Saturday night’s accident is still urged to come forward and contact the RCIPS at 946-6372 or 946-6254. People can also contact Mr. Myles directly at 926-0649.