Royal Cayman Islands Police are investigating allegations of criminality In six of the seven vehicle accidents where people have died this year, according to a review of the incidents done by the Caymanian Compass.
In three of the fatal accident cases, criminal charges have been brought against the drivers.
In three other incidents, police are investigating allegations of either hit-and-runs or – in the most recent deadly accident from Saturday – accusations of dangerous driving and DUI.
Only one deadly accident from 2010, which involved a single motorcycle that lost control, was not being investigated for potential criminality. That crash killed 26-year-old George Powell.
Meanwhile, the RCIPS released data on Monday morning that revealed a significant number of arrests on Cayman’s roads since 22 November – which is when the service began its holiday season crackdown.
Since then, there have been 23 arrests for drink driving, 187 speeding offences detected, and 184 car accidents.
“The statistics we have released (Monday) morning are concerning,” said RCIPS Chief Inspector Angelique Howell. “It is beyond belief that so many people have chosen to ignore the warnings about the dangers of driving at speed, without seat belt and under the influence. “If you get behind the wheel of a car after you’ve been drinking you are putting your own life at risk as well as the lives of innocent road users and pedestrians. We were all saddened to hear of the tragic loss of another life on the roads of the Cayman Islands this weekend.”
Michael Edgington, 26, was struck on West Bay Road around 1am Saturday and was pronounced dead at hospital a short time later.
The van driver who struck Mr. Edgington was arrested on suspicion of DUI and causing death by dangerous driving. The 39-year-old man was later released on police bail and has not been charged.
In other fatal crashes that have occurred this year, charges have been filed in connection with the deaths of Matthew Bodden, 23, and Winston Welsh, 52. Mr. Welsh was struck as he walked across the road near the Mango Tree restaurant in November.
Mr. Bodden was involved in a high-speed crash in January along Shamrock Road in what police believed to be a racing-related accident.
The driver of the other car involved was charged with causing death by dangerous driving. FederAnn Faustino, 24, was killed in an early morning wreck along the Esterley Tibbetts Highway.
The driver of the other vehicle involved in that crash was sentenced to 15 months in prison.
In the deaths of Jane Oneill of Massachusetts, USA and Mike Allan Jervis, 59, of Cayman police were still investigating. Mr. Jervis was believed to have been the victim of a hit-and-run driver as he rode his bicycle along Eastern Avenue in June.
Mrs. Oneill died several months after she was struck by two cars as she attempted to cross West Bay Road in April. One individual was arrested, but no charges have ever been filed. Police have never reported an arrest in Mr. Jervis’ death.