The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service said high speed and potential driving under the influence led to another death on Grand Cayman’s roads early Thursday.
According to police, at around 1.20am Thursday a Honda Civic was being driven on West Bay Road toward George Town when it left the road and overturned close to the Coral Stone Club.
The driver and passenger were both thrown from the vehicle at the location, which is between The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman and Foster’s Food Fair at the Strand.
Emergency services attended the scene and both men were taken to the Cayman Islands Hospital. A 33-year-old male was pronounced dead following the crash, while a 28-year-old man was being treated for serious injuries.
The 28-year-old was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and suspicion of DUI, police said. However, officers stated they could not immediately determine who was operating the vehicle and had only arrested the 28-year-old initially to “preserve evidence” in the case.
No charges had been filed in connection with the crash at press time.
The dead 33-year-old man was identified as Marjan Mladenovski. He worked as a server at the Marriott hotel.
Mr. Mladenovski was married to his wife, Gloria, here on Grand Cayman.
A section of West Bay Road between the Ritz and the Strand was shut down during morning rush hour Thursday and reopened around 9am.
It appeared from tyre marks scored across the road that the car had veered from the northbound into the southbound lanes, then went into the bush near a utility pole.
The car was located about 10 feet off the road in heavy undergrowth where it came to a halt upside down.
The crash is the second fatal accident this year in the Cayman Islands.
Five deaths from speed, DUI
Thursday’s crash marked the fifth straight deadly accident since November where speed, drink or a combination of both played a role in killing someone on Cayman Islands roads.
A late January one-car accident that killed 42-year-old Herman Byrd is the only other deadly crash recorded here since 2012. RCIPS Chief Inspector Raymond Christian said in January that the car Mr. Byrd was operating drove at “a high rate of speed” just before he lost control negotiating the right hand bend in Sea View Road.
In December, RCIPS investigators suspected high speed and alcohol played a role in a crash that killed Dwayne Cayasso, according to RCIPS Inspector Adrian Barnett.
The 26-year-old Mr. Cayasso was driving along the Linford Pierson Highway early on 28 December when the Honda Civic he was in veered off the road and crashed into a tree near the riding stables in George Town.
Speed was identified as a factor in another early morning wreck that occurred just five days prior to Mr. Cayasso’s accident.
In this case, a man driving a Honda Civic alone – identified as Richard Rivera, 39, of the Philippines – died about an hour after his car left the eastbound lanes of Shamrock Road and smashed into a tree. Accident investigators said they could not immediately determine whether alcohol had played a role in the 23 December crash.
On 30 November, a suspected drink driver was arrested after a deadly wreck on the Esterley Tibbetts Highway in George Town.
The man killed in the wreck, identified as St. Matthew’s University graduate student Richard Martin, 52, was apparently giving another St. Matthew’s student a ride home at the time of the two-car crash.