Accident autopsy reveals injuries

An autopsy into the death of Jonathan Tarboton, a lawyer who died in a road accident last week, has shown he died of multiple blunt injuries caused by the crash.

His vehicle was engulfed in flames shortly after the collision between his BMW and a truck.

While police refused to reveal the findings of the autopsy, family members have been told he died from from injuries incurred in the crash, rather than from the fire, following a post-mortem examination Saturday.

South African Mr. Tarboton, 38, died at the accident scene after his black BMW M3 coupe collided with a flatbed truck a few hundred feet north of the Butterfield Bank roundabout entrance to the Esterley Tibbetts highway around 12.40pm on Tuesday, 14 October.

Two men travelling in the truck were injured in the crash and treated at Cayman Islands Hospital.

Police have not said if they believe overtaking or mechanical failure were factors in the accident. Mr. Tarboton’s car came to a rest on the wrong side of the road following the collision. Police are examining the vehicle to determine if there was a fault with the car.

A memorial service was held for Mr. Tarboton Monday afternoon at Elmslie Memorial United Church.

A Jonathan Tarboton Gratitude Fund has been set up to promote legal argument at the Cayman Islands Law School.

Mr. Tarboton, who worked at Appleyby’s, mainly practised in the areas of insolvency, restructuring and commercial litigation.

Tuesday’s accident has led to renewed calls for a central meridian to be erected along the two-lane Esterley Tibbetts. It was the third major crash to happen along that stretch of the road between the Butterfield roundabout and Camana Bay.

In November last year, 39-year-old mother of two Shaney Tania Bar-On (known in Cayman as Shaney Kol) died after a van attempting to overtake struck her SUV head on.

Another head-on collision in March sent five people to hospital, including four young women who were in a Honda Civic, which police also said was attempting to overtake while heading into George Town.

Signs have been erected along the highway imploring drivers ‘For heaven’s sake, don’t overtake,’ and police have repeatedly warned people not to overtake along sections of the road where that is prohibited.