Mayhem on the roads

A deadly car accident involving a man who worked in the Immigration Department’s accounting office was one of six crashes which occurred in Grand Cayman between midnight and 10am Tuesday.

Mayhem on the roads

Police attend the scene of Tuesdays fatal wreck in Prospect. Photo: Jewel Levy

Earl Forbes, 26, died when the silver Toyota Supra he was driving flipped over near the roundabout for the new Prospect bypass in the vicinity of Lantern Pointe condos.

A special constable reported the car had overturned around 7am Tuesday and found Mr. Forbes unconscious inside when he stopped to check. A woman who was in the car had managed to get out of the Toyota by the time the constable arrived. She was hospitalised with non-life threatening injuries.

Mr. Forbes was also transported to hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Cayman Islands Fire Service crews had to pull him from the vehicle at the scene of the crash.

Chief Immigration Officer Franz Manderson, who was at George Town hospital Tuesday morning, confirmed that Mr. Forbes worked in an administrative capacity with immigration but declined to make any further statements.

Police investigating the crash said it appeared the Toyota was headed toward George Town when the driver apparently lost control after exiting the roundabout and swerved into a cement column. The collision caused the car to overturn.

It was believed no other vehicles were involved in the crash.

Police could not say whether rainy conditions Tuesday morning contributed to the deadly accident. However, there were at least five other crashes all over Grand Cayman early Tuesday.

The first crash happened around 12.30am in Lower Valley. Police said a driver of a grey Chevrolet left the road and rammed into a light pole near the Agricultural Pavilion. The man was not seriously hurt, but police arrested him on suspicion of drunken driving. The wreck knocked out lights to a fair portion of the neighbourhood.

Around the same time as the fatal accident occurred in Prospect, another vehicle lost control and slammed into a concrete wall in the Bodden Town area. No serious injuries were reported.

About forty minutes after the deadly crash in Prospect, a Ford Sport Trac truck turned over near the Red Bay roundabout. An off-duty ambulance driver stopped to attend the scene but the driver was not hurt.

On Crewe Road in George Town at around 9am, a work truck slid off the road at the Palm Dale intersection, cracking its fuel line and causing an oil spill. Fire crews were called out to clean up the mess.

Finally, a fender bender at the Hospital Road four stop was reported around 9.10am.

Since most of the crashes occurred east of George Town, traffic snarls were reported everywhere from Bodden Town to Prospect Tuesday morning.

Mr. Forbes’ death is the 11th to occur on Cayman Islands roads this year, which is the same number of deaths caused by car crashes during 2007. In 2006, 14 people died on Cayman roads.

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