A tourist who was struck by two vehicles while walking across West Bay Road back in April has died from her injuries, Royal Cayman Islands Police confirmed Tuesday.
According to police, 59-year-old Jane O’Neill of Massachusetts, USA, died on Monday (6 September) at Brigham Women’s Hospital in Boston.
Police that investigated the 19 April crash said Mrs. O’Neill, who had just left a local restaurant, was hit by a
vehicle travelling south-bound on West Bay Road.
Police said she fell onto the windshield of
the first vehicle and was thrown into the opposite lanes into the path of an
The male driver of the vehicle that struck the woman was
arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving. He has since been released on police bail and detectives are still investigating the case.
Police and the National Roads Authority said in May that they were reviewing the
accident history along West Bay Road to determine if changes need to be made to
the road. to make pedestrians safer.
There are currently no pedestrian walkways at street level for pedestrians along the 40 mile-per-hour roadway.
Various governments have announced plans to lower the speed limit along West Bay Road, which is the Cayman Islands’ main tourism corridor, as well as install cross-walks with flashing lights. None of those plans have ever been implemented.
The crash is the fourth fatality wreck on Cayman’s roadways in 2010.