Man charged in deadly accident

The man who police said was driving a van that crashed into an SUV carrying a woman and her toddler in November has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving, according to the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service.

The scene of the crash

The scene of the crash.

Thirty-nine year-old Shaney Tania Bar-On, known in Cayman as Shaney Kol, died in the crash on the Esterley Tibbetts Highway. Her child, Zoe, survived the accident.

Police have charged Emelio Borden Castillo who they said was driving the Red Sail Sports van which struck Mrs. Kol’s vehicle.

According to police, he was first scheduled to appear in court on 15 May. The case was set for mention again on Wednesday (2 July).

The accident occurred during the afternoon of 19 November when Mrs. Kol’s Honda CRV collided head-on with the van. Witnesses at the crash scene said it appeared the van was attempting to overtake on the two lane highway when it hit the Honda which was heading in the opposite direction.

At the time, police said they were looking into the possibility that the van’s driver was attempting to overtake. However, RCIPS accident investigators never stated an official cause of the crash.

The tragedy led the Kol family to decide to move back to Australia, according to a statement from the Montessori by the Sea school which was issued the day after her death.

Mrs. Kol’s son, Max, attended classes at Montessori where she was known as an avid volunteer.

Mrs. Kol and her husband, Charles, had not been in Cayman very long before the crash occurred, according to school officials.

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