Inquest: Driver in one-car accident was disqualified

Dwayne Cayasso, 26, had significant injury from previous fatal accident

After hearing details of a single-car accident, a Coroner’s Jury determined last week that the driver, Dwayne Bruce Cayasso, died by misadventure. Physical cause of death was severe blunt force trauma injuries to the head. 

Neither Mr. Cayasso, 26, nor his passenger was wearing a seat belt or shoulder harness when the accident occurred along Linford Pierson Highway around 2.20am on 28 December, 2011.  

In presenting the findings of the pathologist who did the autopsy, Dr. Shravana Jyoti said factors contributing to Mr. Cayasso’s death were intoxication and speed. A possible contributory factor was the impaired mobility of Mr. Cayasso’s right foot due to injury in a previous motor vehicle accident.  

In 2005, when he was 19, Mr. Cayasso was the driver of a truck involved in an accident that killed a passenger, Gregory 
George Rankine. 

At the time of his own death, Mr. Cayasso had a tattoo on his right wrist in the form of a bracelet of letters spelling out “R.I.P. In memory of Greg”. 

He was sentenced in January 2008 after pleading guilty to causing death by dangerous driving. His sentence included disqualification from driving for five years. 

On the night of the 2011 accident, he had been dropped home around 11.55pm, but apparently took his mother’s car. 

The accident occurred in the vicinity of the horse stables. Accident reconstructionist Vincent Walters submitted photos and a sketch of the area that showed a bend in the road. The maximum speed at which that bend could be safely negotiated was 69 miles per hour. The speed limit in that area was 40 mph. 

Mr. Walters noted the position of a coconut tree off to the side of the road. When the car Mr. Cayasso was driving hit that tree, it broke into two pieces. The circumference of the tree was 2 feet, 7 inches. 

Jurors also saw a laboratory report indicating an alcohol level of .253. The legal limit for driving in the Cayman Islands is .100.  

Queen’s Coroner Eileen Nervik conducted the inquest. 

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