Today’s Editorial March 03: More senseless deaths

As we write this editorial a young man is clinging to life.

Two of his friends are dead.

He was injured and they died Friday night after crashing into a utility pole on West Bay Road.

It is said they were running from the police.

Now there are families dealing with grief; faced with the grim task of planning funerals.

Family and friends are huddled in prayer, asking that the young man who survived the wreck does, in fact, survive.

The police officers involved in the chase, we are sure, are also probably troubled by the events of Friday night.

This is a lose-lose situation for all involved.

We don’t know why the police were chasing the Dodge Saturn the men were in.

We don’t know what the trio in the Dodge was doing to attract the attention of the police.

But whatever it was, it couldn’t have been bad enough to warrant the deaths of two young Caymanian men and the possible death of a third person.

We would like to know what prompts police to chase people in their cars.

The Caymanian Compass has in the past asked to see a copy of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service’s policy on chasing, but department officials have declined to share that information with us.

We would like to know why.

What benefit is it to anyone to keep that policy a secret?

Police Commissioner Stuart Kernohan tells us there will be an investigation to determine if the policy and procedures for police pursuits was adhered to. We hope for the department’s sake they were.

The police division has been under much verbal attack recently from average citizens to well-placed politicians.

We’ve talked to some of the people who saw the chase and predicted the crash because of the high rate of speed involved.

The driver, at 19 years of age, probably thought he was invincible. Most young people believe that.

Instead we have another death on the roads of Grand Cayman with a young person behind the wheel.

We’ll ask it again and again if we have to: When are you young people going to learn to slow down?

At the rate young men are dying on our roadways we don’t even need to consider a new constitution and this country’s future.

If young Caymanian men keep dying on our roads and killing each other – as we witnessed last weekend – the future of this country looks a bit bleak.

Without Caymanian men to father Caymanian children there won’t be a future Cayman Islands to legislate.

Get a grip, young Caymanian men. Talk to each other and come up with a solution to these needless and senseless deaths.

The future of this country depends on it.

We don’t know why the police were chasing the Dodge Saturn the men were in.

We don’t know what the trio in the Dodge was doing to attract the attention of the police.

But whatever it was, it couldn’t have been bad enough to warrant the deaths of two young Caymanian men and the possible death of a third person.