A motorcycle that police were trying to stop crashed into another vehicle early Wednesday morning, injuring several people.
One of the people on the motorbike was being airlifted to a US hospital after suffering serious head and chest injuries. All of the other people involved in the crash were recovering.
According to the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service, a police officer was driving a marked police vehicle north on West Bay Road around 3am Wednesday. Near the Pizza Hut restaurant, the officer saw a motorcycle with two people on board driving south towards George Town. The motorcycle lights were switched off
The officer turned his vehicle around, switched on his blue lights and sirens and signalled the motorcycle to stop.
A short time later, police said the motorcycle was approaching the vicinity of the St Matthews University residences when it collided with the rear of a car which was also southbound on West Bay Road.
The 34-year-old female driver of the car, who is several months pregnant, and her three passengers were all taken to the Cayman Islands Hospital suffering from head and neck pain. The passengers have been treated and discharged but the driver is still hospitalised, police said.
The motorcycle’s driver, a 16-year-old male and his male passenger – who is 15 – were also taken to hospital.
The driver of the bike sustained injuries to his arms and legs and is still being treated.
The passenger sustained serious injuries to his head and chest. Police said he will be airlifted to the US
West Bay Road was closed for several hours following the collision to allow the scene to be processed, tying up rush hour traffic coming into George Town from West Bay.
The driver of the police vehicle has been suspended from driving duties until all of the circumstances surrounding the collision are investigated, as is standard practice.