Fleeing motorcyclist wasn’t licensed

BB pistol found after 2006 accident

A Coroner’s Jury heard details of a motorcycle accident that occurred on 22 January, 2006, and determined that the rider, Christopher Dwayne Scott, died by misadventure.

Queen’s Coroner Nova Hall conducted the inquest on 13 October this year.

Mr. Scott, 23, collided with a taxi van in the van’s lane on Crewe Road near the Airport around 6pm. Physical cause of death was blunt force injuries to the neck, chest and abdomen.

The jury heard about another fatal motorcycle accident that had occurred earlier the same day at the site of organised races held in East End.

There, after that accident, an off-duty officer observed an incident involving two men with machetes and another man with what looked like a .22 pistol. Forming the opinion the gun was not real, he stayed to observe what happened while other people ran for cover. He phoned the police station and described what was going on.

As a result, officers trained to deal with firearm situations were called on duty. They reported to the George Town Police Station and then headed to East End in a marked police vehicle using siren and emergency lights.

At the junction of King’s Sport Centre and Linford Pierson Highway, the officers observed a motorcyclist heading into town. One of the officers believed the rider to be someone who had been at the East End incident.

The officers followed the rider down Crewe Road. The rider looked around and accelerated. The police driver estimated the rider to be doing in excess of 60mph.

A passenger in a vehicle heading out of town saw a motorcyclist coming around a corner. She saw the taxi in front of her move to the side of the road. The motorcycle and rider fell to the ground and slid into the path of the taxi, she said.

Accident reconstructionist Vincent Walters told the court he attended the scene. He said the critical curve speed for that area of Crewe Road was 69mph – the maximum at which a four-wheel vehicle could safely negotiate the bend. The critical curve speed for a motorcycle is much higher, Mr. Walters said, and a competent motorcyclist could negotiate such a bend at speeds higher than 69mph.

He said Mr. Scott was not licensed to ride a motorcycle. His lack of experience was seen in the fact that he had applied the front brake hard enough to lock the front wheel. The front brake supplies 70 per cent of the stopping force. Mr. Walters could not estimate the speed of the motorcycle because the skid mark was too short.

Fire officers arrived at the scene at 6.06pm and used the Jaws of Life hydraulic device to lift the taxi van and EMTs pulled the rider from underneath. No motion by him was observed.

As the rider was freed, another officer observed the barrel of a pistol under the bottom of his shirt. He shouted ‘Gun!’ and a senior officer removed the pistol. It appeared to be a BB gun, which is classified as a firearm under Cayman law.

The officer who saw a gun in East End said it was definitely not the gun recovered from Mr. Scott. He noted that Mr. Scott was at the races in East End.

The owner of the motorcycle, who was at the races, said Christopher Scott was a good friend. He did not give him permission to take the motorcycle, but ‘I would not have minded if he used it’ and Chris knew that.

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