Driver in Wednesday accident dead

Royal Cayman Islands Police confirm the driver of a Honda Civic that crashed into a tree near the riding stables off Linford Pierson Highway Wednesday morning has died.

He was identified by friends and family as Dwayne Cayasso, 26, of George Town.

Mr. Cayasso was taken off life support late Thursday morning following the early Wednesday crash on the Linford Pierson that also injured a 24-year-old passenger in the Civic.

“The investigation [into the accident] has led us to suspect speed and alcohol,” said RCIPS Inspector Adrian Barnett. 

Wednesday’s crash is the eighth fatal accident to occur in the Cayman Islands during 2011.

Police were still investigating the cause of the 2.20am Wednesday crash.

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The vehicle involved in Wednesday’s fatal accident.
Photo: Brent Fuller

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Dwayne Cayasso

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  1. My condolences to the family. I would be interested to know how many of Cayman’s fatal accidents in recent years have involved Honda Civics. Hardly a week goes by when I don’t see a Honda Civic being driven recklessly at speed on one of the bypasses. Is this onformation available?

  2. Winston Smith:
    Could you consider that it is the drivers who drive Honda Civics (or any other car)rather than the (or any) car itself, who cause most accidents?
    Or do you think it is caused by space invaders, or something else?
    Get real, for Heaven’s sake.
    And my condolences to his family also, with regrets that the driver could not control himself or his car. It is, sadly, drivers, not vehicles, which cause the highest proportion of accidents – to themselves, and worse,to others. And no amount of displacement theorising will shift this unassailable fact.

  3. Dont blame the make of car. The responsibility lies with the driver of the vehicle. Any type of vehicle can be driven fast and cause loss of life if driven wrecklessly.

    My condolences to his family during this difficult time.

  4. Editor(s):

    Below is today’s Editorial caption and the final question.
    It relates all too well to this current piece.

    Editorial for 29 December: Holiday roads are a wreck
    How long will it take people to wake up?

    I found a past article from the Compass; if this is the same person, then you have your answer.
    Fortunately the passenger wasn’t killed this time around.
    Look up the tale of the Frog and the Scorpion; it’s in the Scorpion’s nature to act and behave as it does, it is unable to change what it is.
    Events like this can make a cynic of almost anyone, myself included.

    Appeal Court: man jailed for driving fatality
    By Carol Winker, [email protected]
    Tuesday 1st April, 2008 Posted: 16:41 CIT (21:41 GMT)

    Immediate imprisonment is the appropriate sentence for causing death by dangerous driving, the Court of Appeal said on Friday.

    The court ordered that Dwayne Cayasso serve 12 months, although the Grand Court had handed down a twoyear sentence and then suspended it (Caymanian Compass, 16 January).

    Cayasso had pleaded guilty to causing the death of his passenger, Gregory George Rankine, in an incident that occurred on 10 September 2005.

    Crown Counsel Nicola Moore told the court that the Attorney General was appealing the sentence as being too lenient. She asked that holistic regime be set down.

    President Edward Zacca said the court had already ruled that the sentence has to be immediate imprisonment unless there are exceptional circumstances. He cited a 2001 case in which this was stated.

    The courts below need to pay attention to the Court of Appeal, Justice Zacca said.

    In the Cayasso case, the judge had not said there were exceptional circumstances, he pointed out.

    Ms Moore agreed there were no exceptional circumstances. Further, there were two aggravating features Alcohol Consumption and Speed.

    Ms Moore also argued that the sentence was wrong in law. This was because the Penal Code states that the power to suspend a sentence may not be exercised in offences against the Traffic Law, with a few exceptions. These did not include causing death by dangerous driving.

    Attorney David McGrath advised the court that neither the Crown nor Defence had brought this fact the attention of the sentencing judge.

    Mr. McGrath said a noncustodial sentence was clearly the intention of the judge, although it was impossible in law.

    He acknowledged he had found only one local case, from 2000, in which a noncustodial sentence was passed. Having regard to the circumstances of the offence and the offender, the judge had imposed a sentence of community service.

    Justice Zacca said in Cayasso’s case the judge was quite clear that imprisonment was appropriate, but for reasons we don’t know had decided to suspend it. It’s not a noncustodial sentence, he said.

    With the court against him on that point, Mr. McGrath then argued what sentence would be appropriate. Under the principle of double jeopardy, significant regard had to be paid to Cayasso’s turmoil and distress in going through sentencing for a second time.

    Mr. McGrath reviewed mitigating factors, including Cayasso’s age 22; his injuries and the fact that the deceased was his good friend; plus double jeopardy. The facts of the case could lead the court to say there was no merit in imprisoning him at this point. But the court could repeat the message of the 2001 case, Mr. McGrath suggested.

    After adjournment, Justice Zacca read the judgment arrived at after consultation with Justice Ian Forte and Justice Elliott Mottley, both of whom had taken part in the open court discussion.

    The Court of Appeal’s decision was that immediate imprisonment was appropriate. The Grand Court judge had considered two years to be the appropriate sentence, but had suspended it. The Penal Code prohibits suspended sentences for such an offence.

    Justice Zacca said the court took into account double jeopardy. Cayasso had been told he would not have to serve the sentence by reason of it being suspended and he was released. Now he was being taken into custody, much to his distress.

    In the circumstances of this case, the court considered 12 months to be the appropriate sentence.

    The court’s reasons will be put into writing later, he said.

    And History Repeats Itself!

  5. A part of Cayman’s driver problems is that the Cayman Islands does not have a Standardised Driver Education Program as a part of licensing testing and qualification for a drivers license.

    The license test itself, is stndardised but a driver education/training program does not exist.

    Anyone can teach anyone to drive in Cayman, as long as they, themselves are of legal age and have had their own drivers license a stipulated amount of years; there is no regulation of driving instructors that I am aware of.

    What happens then, is that people teach other people to drive and pass on their own bad driving habits to their learners and these are perpetuated, leading to some of these accidents, through bad driving, that could be avoided.

    It is such a pity that ego still rules the driving culture of Cayman, instead of instilled safe driving principles and is, unfortunately still costing so many lives…after so many years of so many deaths already.

  6. When he was sentenced the first time for killing someone he was given a lenient sentence, the judge said
    His own misery in having to live with it for the rest of his life is punishment.
    The rest of his life turned out to be less than 4 years. If he had been given a serious sentence in the first place perhaps he would have taken notice and still be alive today. Perhaps other young, foolish drivers would have taken notice. I hope Mr McGrath (his attorney) and the island’s judges take note of this tragedy and start to see that serious sentences is a part (not all – but part) of the solution – to act as a deterrant.