A fatal car crash on Cayman Brac and two other major wrecks in the George Town area kept the Royal Cayman Islands Police Traffic Management Unit busy from Wednesday night into early Thursday.
The deadly accident on the Brac’s West End, the first fatal crash on that Island in 18 months, killed a 23-year-old man and injured two other young men who rode in the car with him.
It was the first fatal accident to occur in the Cayman Islands this year.
The dead man was identified as Eric Dixon of Spot Bay.
The other men, aged 21 and 23, were hospitalised in serious condition at press time. Relatives said the younger man, Rio Dixon, was being flown to Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital for treatment of brain swelling.
Police investigating the crash, which was reported around 1am Thursday, said it appeared a Silver Nissan Primera had driven into a parked car near the Texaco station. Mr. Eric Dixon, the driver, was pronounced dead at hospital. No one was in the parked vehicle at the time it was hit.
Investigators were looking into excessive speed as a potential factor in the crash, but could not state what exactly caused the wreck.
In a strange twist of fate, relatives said Mr. Eric Dixon had been involved in another fatal crash several years ago in which another young man, Eric Connor, was killed.
Sister Islands MLA Julianna O’Connor-Connolly was Mr. Connor’s aunt and said she helped raise him as her own son.
‘It’s like deja vu…we had to go through this five years ago,’ Mrs. O’Connor Connolly said. ‘It’s one situation you can really say I know how you feel.’
Mrs. O’Connor-Connolly said she harboured no ill will against Mr. Eric Dixon for the earlier crash.
‘We were just all saddened by what happened,’ she said.
The last fatal car crash on Cayman Brac occurred in July 2007 and killed two 45-year-olds after the car they were in ran off the road and into a tree.
Meanwhile, in Grand Cayman, accident investigators were looking into an auto-pedestrian crash on Shamrock Road that occurred around 7.30pm Wednesday.
Police said a 38-year-old woman walking across the street was struck by a Kia Sportage and taken to hospital with serious injuries. She was listed in stable condition at press time.
The Kia’s driver, also a 38-year-old woman was arrested at the scene on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.
Several hours later, two men were hurt after the Honda Civic they road in crashed into a concrete fence on Cranbrook Drive in George Town.
The Honda’s driver suffered a broken leg and some cuts, his passenger had cuts on his face. No other cars were involved in the wreck.