Speed cited in fatal wreck

A young man died and at least two others were hurt in what police said appeared to be a racing-related accident in Lower Valley late Friday night.

Two cars, a white Honda Torneo and an orange Toyota Alteeza, were speeding eastbound along Shamrock Road – with the Honda in front of the Toyota – when the wreck occurred around 10.20pm Friday.

According to police accounts, the driver of the Honda attempted to negotiate a right hand bend near Will T. Road. He lost control of the vehicle and its left side slammed into a long concrete fence at the road’s edge.

Police said the vehicle spun and debris flew across the roadway, striking two oncoming vehicles. The four men in the Honda where thrown from the car.

The Toyota, coming up close behind, collided with the Honda, police said.

The three passengers from the Honda were taken to George Town Hospital.

A 23-year-old man was pronounced dead upon arrival. He was later identified as Matthew Bodden.

The two other passengers, aged 21 and 23 and identified as Jason Jervis and Phillip Bodden, suffered minor head injuries and leg injuries. Both men were expected to recover.

The 20-year-old Honda driver survived and has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. The Toyota’s driver was also arrested on suspicion of drink driving and dangerous driving.

The Caymanian Compass is not releasing either man’s name because they had not been charged with those crimes at press time.

No injuries were suffered by anyone travelling in the Toyota.

No one in the vehicles that were struck by debris flying across Shamrock Road was hurt.

The crash is Cayman’s first fatal traffic accident of the year.

The RCIPS traffic department is appealing for any witnesses to contact the traffic department on 946-6254.

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