The Royal Cayman Islands Police
Service is investigating the apparent delayed report of what officers believe
was a hit-and-run accident in George Town in June.
The victim in the crash,
59-year-old Mike Allan Jervis, died from his injuries nearly four months later.
Police reported his death to the public on Friday.
The Caymanian Compass could find no
other record of police having reported the accident, although a spokesperson
said a statement regarding the incident was made to another local media organisation
sometime in mid-August.
“There has been some considerable
media and public speculation about the handling of this investigation,
particularly in relation to the fact that no public appeal for information was
made until six weeks following the incident,” RCIPS Chief Superintendent John
Jones said in a prepared statement.
“I can confirm that the RCIPS has
launched an enquiry into a number of aspects of the case,” Mr. Jones’ statement
said. “The enquiry will look at all areas of the investigative strategy
including internal and external communication, supervisory procedures and
communication specifically with external agencies such as the Cayman Islands
Mr. Jones said the six-week delay
in public notification about the accident could have cost police investigators
valuable information from anyone who might have seen the incident occur.
“We know that even if we had
handled this matter in a different way it would not have changed the sad events
of last week for Mr. Jervis or his family – but perhaps it would have given
them more confidence in us as a Police Service,” Mr. Jones said.
According to police reports on the
incident, it was believed the hit-and-run accident happened on Eastern Avenue
around 3.20am Sunday, 27 June. Mr. Jervis was found lying on the sidewalk next
to his bicycle, suffering from serious head injuries.
Mr. Jervis was airlifted to a hospital in Nassau, Bahamas for treatment but never regained consciousness.
Initial investigations by police
revealed that two vehicles were seen in the Eastern Avenue area near the Cayman
Shoe Shop around the time of the crash, but no one has since come forward
indicating they saw the accident. A side mirror from a Honda Sabre was found
near the crash scene and police are trying to trace the vehicle it belongs to.
“Let me assure the family that
where we identify failings, changes will be made to ensure that these failings
do not happen again- if that means that policies and procedures need to be
improved, or disciplinary action requires to be taken, we will have no
hesitation in doing that,” Mr. Jones said.
Police are drafting new training
policies for the investigation of serious car accidents, although Mr. Jones
gave no indication – other than the failure to immediately release details of
the hit-and-run to the public – that this particular investigation had gone
Mr. Jervis’ death is the fifth to
occur on Grand Cayman roads this year.