Canadian man struck by car dies

Update 2:15pm: Police said Thursday that the woman arrested on suspicion of drink driving in connection with Friday’s deadly accident on West Bay Road has been released on police bail.

“The RCIPS can confirm that the female driver of the vehicle involved in the fatal collision returned to the police station [Thursday] on bail.

“She was interviewed in relation to the matter and then re-bailed, pending completion of the investigation and submission of file to the legal department for ruling.”
 

A Saskatchewan resident who was struck by a vehicle on West Bay Road last Friday night succumbed to his injuries Wednesday.

According to Canadian news reports, 66-year-old Dan Marce died Wednesday morning with his family members at his side.

The female driver involved in the Friday night auto-pedestrian wreck that killed Mr. Marce has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving, but has not been charged.

Royal Cayman Islands police said the driver’s vehicle collided with Mr. Marce, who was walking across the road in the vicinity of the Lone Star Bar and Grill around 10.30pm Friday.

Mr. Marce, who was visiting here, was hospitalized in critical condition with what police described as “serious head injuries”. He was later taken to a Florida hospital via air ambulance. 

A family-friend told the Leader Post newspaper that Mr. Marce had broken “virtually everything” in the accident, close to Lone Star Bar and Grill around 10.30pm on Friday. The friend told the newspaper that Mr. Marce’s chest had caved in and his arms, legs, ribs, jaw and skull had been broken.

Friday’s crash is the first fatal accident to occur in the Cayman Islands this year.

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14 COMMENTS

  1. My deepest sympathy to the family.
    On another note: I do not know when people will accept that the drug of alcohol is more dangerous than Ganja Herb. Most of these types of accidents are because of people being under the influence of alcohol. But I guess the government must have a good reason why they do not double the import duties on alcohol. A reason the public will not know.

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  2. Hunter,

    It is the easiest way – accuse alcohol of everything. But it is not always the main reason. a) on suspicion but not charged. b) imagine the person not DUI in the same situation – would the be able to prevent incident? Answer to d is very often NO, but if you want to make roads safer you need to find reason which would change outcome from definitely NO to definitely YES. I don’t know anything about this situation specifically, but from my experience – three most possible reasons for tragedy like this are:

    a) Awful situation with headlights – many people driving with high beam ALWAYS, even more people with lights not aligned for left side driving. How does it matter? It matters a lot. Pedestrians just vanish in headlights of incoming cars. You think that there is nobody there, until it is too late. Riding with highbeam on the road with artificial lighting should be ticketable offence. Wrong aligned headlights should prevent car from getting licensed until fixed. Neither happens here. Only in Cayman – I rented a car from well-known car rental company here and it had wrong alignment of headlights, meaning it is not road-worthy at all. It happened just November last year.

    b) Speed limit – ridiculous. We have 25 miles on some stretches where you hardly see any pedestrian anywhere and you have 40 miles on the road with highest pedestrian traffic north of George town.

    c) on one side – lack of pedestrian crossings, on the other side – pedestrian unwillingness to walk extra feet for safety. There is bridge not far away from Lone Star. Sign there says – Use it for your safety. Of course it is faster to just run across.

    Yes – DUI is important, but not more and not less then a-c) above. Sometimes it is very easy to say that person was DUI and never look at other reasons, never ask yourself – could sound person in same circumstances avoid this incident? Can the road be made safer?

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  3. So, because someone does not think clearly. Drinks and drives. We should all be punished for these few individuals.

    Please go back to canaduh, or where ever your socialist ideas come from.

    Why stop at alchohol. Why not double the import tax on cars too. I mean, it was also the car that helped kill this man.
    If no one can afford a car, no one can drink and drive. Using your reasoning.

    INFACT. WHY STOP THERE.

    Lets double the cost of drivers license fees. Make the minimum drivers age 35.

    Lets double the cost of insurance, make it so expensive, only the ultra rich and drive.

    And double the cost of gas. Just to make sure, anyone that can finally afford a car, is past the age of 35, can afford the insurance. We will finally hit them with a double gas tax too!

    I mean, if we do all these things we can eliminate these few, random deaths that occur every year.

    Or here is an idea. Lets actually punish the person, who did the crime. And leave the rest of the responsible drivers alone.

    Great thinking, Hunter. You are a giant among intellectuals.

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  4. A few points to make:

    1) my condolences to the family of the victim. Very unfortunate and tragic, and I am sorry for your loss.

    2) drunk driving is a real problem. I live in Cayman, and on Tuesday night I drove from George Town to West Bay at 1am (I hadn’t had a drink all night), but during my 20 minute drive I saw three cars where the drive was clearly under the influence of alcohol. Passing in heavy traffic, zig-zagging, running a red light by the Kirks, etc. I was concerned to even be on the road, and hoping that they didn’t cause an accident and hurt someone else. It is a real problem, and it must be addressed, but in a reasonable way — a public awareness program, more busses (or even better, free shuttles) to take people home in the evenings, etc.

    3) Let’s all just take a moment to realise that the person driving the car has had her life ruined here as well. There has been no confirmation that she was drunk — she was arrested on suspicion but not charged, so that says something. It is an extremely unfortunate occurrence, obviously for the victim but also for the driver. Let’s remember that this was an accident — there was no malice involved, and we don’t know the facts. If I had a dollar for every time a tourist wandered into the road without looking (or looking the wrong way first), I’d be a rich man. Not to put the blame on the victim, but what was he doing in the road when a car was coming? Did he try to race out and beat it, or did he just not look? There’s been no indication that he was standing on the side-walk and the drunk driver swerved and hit him while he was waiting, so he must have done something to put himself in harm’s way.

    I’m not looking to blame the victim here, and drunk driving is a real problem that needs to be addressed.

    But let’s remember that the driver’s life will forever be changed (and most likely ruined) as well, and there has been no charge for drunk driving, and it’s hard to imagine why the victim was in the road with a car coming in the first place.

    Everyone involved in this accident has my sympathy.

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  5. Another unfortunate tragedy to re-enforce the need to install crosswalks, slow down traffic and remind pedestrians they take their lives into peril when they cross a chaotic, un-organized thoroughfare.

    Hopefully the new by-pass will relieve some traffic, especially the usual suspects, young un-thinking morons with their foot to the floor!

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  6. Condolences to the family of the victim. Such a needless tragedy and waste of human life. What kind of force (speed) would cause this type of injuries? This road was not designed and is not maintained with tourists in mind. This is a crime itself. Spending millions promoting Cayman Islands as a tourist’s destination and doing absolutely nothing to keep them safe is a crime. For god’s sake- they can’t safely cross ONE road! Tourists are on vacation; they are careless, always were and always will be, just take a look at cruise ship’s crowd. At night they had a drink or two- that is why they came here in the first place, remember that.Expect this from tourists. They should be able to safely cross ONE road at any time. This called Human factor. You can’t change it. What CIG can change is to design and maintain ONE stretch of this road in a manner that prevents accidents like this one or mitigates its consequences. Why is it so hard to understand? No amount of pleading, education or enforcing will change human factor. Pedestrian bridges is the solution here. More crosswalks is the solution (It took forever to install ONE cross walk) Better lighting is the solution. Speed limit reduction is the solution. This stretch of WB road must accommodate tourists, not drivers! They are a priority! Meantime amount of on foot victims keeps growing and everybody keeps talking and nothing being done. Cayman Kind, how ironic!

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  7. LB — I disagree with your post. You make it sound like someone is run down every day. Hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of tourists and locals cross west bay road each year without incident. On any road, anywhere in the world, accidents can and will happen.

    West Bay Road is the main road on this island, and it is clearly not a pedestrian thoroughfare. It is meant for traffic, and meant for people to drive.

    I agree that pedestrian bridges are a great idea. Are you going to pay for them? And what is your answer going to be when someone refuses to walk an extra 20 yards out of their way to use a bridge? There already is a pedestrian bridge close to LoneStar that was not used in this instance.

    Lower speed limit? 40 is not really that fast. Maybe cars should only be allowed to go 10 mph, and then it will take 1.5 hours to commute to work every morning.

    To say this stretch of road must accommodate tourists and not drivers is completely wrong. West Bay Road is 10 miles long. It is not a pedestrian walkway, but the main road on Grand Cayman. Even with the bypass, all business happens on West Bay Road, so you need to cut back to it to go anywhere.

    This is one accident in the course of a year, and there’s been no mention of the facts of the accident — as I said in my earlier post, this tourist must have done something to get in the middle of the road when a car was coming — either look the wrong way, decide to try to outrace the car, or otherwise assume it would stop as he walked in front of it.

    To call it a crime because the main road is Cayman is not designed for tourists is a bit overblown, don’t you think?

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  8. Mexico City’s management of drunk drivers has yielded a significant, almost miraculous reduction on drunk driving incitements (link provided at the bottom).

    The key factors?

    1. Random use of breathalyzer: units stop drivers in different points and different hours in different days.

    2. No exceptions: Anybody, including hot shots and powerful people, who has been found with a level higher than 0.08% of blood alcohol content (BAC) as per the breathalyzer extrapolation, is sent by default to short term arrest to an jail known as El Torito, for no less than 20 and up to a maximum of 36 hours (depending on the BAC and arrest-related factors).

    Results?

    At least 30 percent less overall traffic incidents. A higher impact is expected when more units are available. Also, new misdemeanor-felony types trying to impair the drunk-driving screening are being the aim of new legislation, like the case of one App built specifically to tell on to those who installed it the places where the breathalyzer screening units were located.

    http://www.theatlanticcities.com/arts-and-lifestyle/2013/02/are-drunk-drivers-new-broken-windows/4604/

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  9. Without bringing alcohol into the issue, the safety of pedestrians is an ongoing issue. Time and time again there have been complaints about the lack of street lights. Another issue is that visitors from North America nearly always look the wrong way – they are used to looking left for oncoming traffic, and then step into the road without looking right. A very simple but costly mistake. Pedestrian rails and signs would make pedestrians think twice before stepping off the curb – unfortunately Cayman has not planned well for pedestrians. More lights – easy to install and a first step much MUCH needed.

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  10. While road accidents are unavoidable, pedestrian deaths are preventable. The decades-long neglect of pedestrian safety in the design and use of streets is exacting a heavy toll on our lives and health. Despite the magnitude of these avoidable tragedies, little public attention and even less in public resources has been committed to reducing pedestrian deaths and injuries in Cayman Islands. On the contrary, transportation agency typically prioritize speeding traffic over the safety of people on foot or other vulnerable road users. Pedestrian deaths typically are labeled accidents, and attributed to error on the part of motorist or pedestrian. In fact, however, the majority of these deaths share a common thread: they occurred along arterial roadways that were dangerous by design, streets engineered for speeding traffic with little or no provision for people on foot, in wheelchairs or on bicycles.
    There is a growing recognition that people must increase physical activity, including walking or bicycling, if we are to nudge the needle on ballooning health care costs, reducing obesity and overweight, cardiovascular and other chronic illnesses linked to a lack of exercise. It is time to begin to retrofit dangerous roadways to be safer for people on foot, on bicycles and in cars.
    Still, most people continue to live in places where walking is risky business for their health and safety, where roads are designed solely to move speeding traffic and where pedestrians are viewed as an obstacle. Improving the pedestrian environment requires a relatively small public investment, one greatly outweighed by the cost savings that would result from reducing traffic-related fatalities and injuries and improving health, as well as reducing amount of cars on the road, as more people would prefer walking and biking.
    CIG should ensure that all road projects take into account the needs of all users of the transportation system, including pedestrians, bicyclists and public transportation users, as well as children, older adults, and individuals with disabilities.
    Beyond making new and refurbished roads safer for pedestrians, we need to create complete networks of sidewalks, bicycle paths and trails so that residents and tourists can travel safely throughout an area.
    CIG must ensure that transportation funds are spent wisely, by ensuring that: New streets are built to be safe for pedestrians, bicyclists, public transportation users, and motorists alike; the most dangerous roads are retrofitted for safety; and, safety dollars result in lives saved and a more active population.
    Meantime installation of flashing reminders for drivers to look out for people walking or biking along the road and enhanced visibility could be a good start.

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  11. The car was most likely going faster than 40 mph speed limited or was as a large SUV type to cause that sort of damage to a human.

    We need better street lighting in the tourist section of West Bay Road.

    To allow the drivers to see people crossing the road and brake in time to slow down or better stop if that causes a traffic accident well the cars are driving too close too fast for the conditions on the road but at least life is not lost or ruined for both victim and driver.

    The cause of the accident should be seen on our CCTV system and the footage used in the court to resolve the issue of fault.

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  12. LB — I agree with much of what you say in your latest post.

    I think the cross-walk that was added by the Fosters on WB Road is a good start, and I think a similar one should be added from the Westin across to Eats, where there are always pedestrians trying to cross, as well as one by the Marriott/Comfort Suites.

    I’d also like some elevated crossing walkways, but as I said before, no one has the money to pay for them.

    Much of WB Road has sidewalks on both sides. Bike lanes would be great, but there is not room to expand for them.

    You make good points, and I agree with many of them. The problem is money, and motivation — it’s hard for the government to undertake such a project, and the public won’t like the inconvenience. Not to say it should not be done, but those are the obsticles.

    AlmostCaymanian — you made my day with that comment on the CCTV footage. If it is used to see what happened here, that will be the first successful use of the CCTV system ever! What a waste that has been!

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  13. People in Saskatchewan prepare to bury a citizen, a father, grandfather, husband and friend. His name is Dan Marce.

    Why do we not know the name of the female driver, the offender, the criminal in this case?

    It is not enough to say she will suffer for this for the rest of her life. Charges need to be laid. She must have consequences to her actions that are more than feeling guilty or badly. I can assure you, his family feels worse.

    If she was drinking and driving, what a horrible, selfish thing to do. I hope the facts will be forthcoming.

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