Teen arrested in fatal NS crash

Former deputy police chief’s son killed when car slams into wall

North Side car crash Cayman

A 17-year-old male has been arrested in connection with a car crash Sunday in North Side that killed Jordan Anthony Ebanks, 23, the younger son of retired deputy police commissioner Rudolph Dixon. 

Mr. Ebanks had recently returned to the islands after attending art school in Canada for the past two years. 

Royal Cayman Islands Police arrested the teenager late Sunday in George Town on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He was in police custody Monday but had not been charged as of press time.  

When rescue crews arrived at the scene of the one-car crash early Sunday morning, it appeared that only one person was inside the car. It was understood that Mr. Ebanks’s body was found in the front seat of the Honda Accord. He was pronounced dead at the scene.  

Investigating officers said their inquiries since the crash “established that a 17-year-old male left the scene … .” They also established that Mr. Ebanks was a passenger in the Honda Accord when it went off Old Robin Road near Queens Highway, close to the North Side and East End district lines, and slammed into a wall. The passenger side of the car sustained massive damage and the impact caused the vehicle to split in two.  

Mr. Dixon said his son bought the Honda Accord after he returned to the islands in October.  

He had been living for the past two years with his mother in Canada, Mr. Dixon said.  

“I’m just trying to deal with this now,” Mr. Dixon said Monday. “I just enjoyed having him here for a couple of weeks.”  

The former deputy police commissioner said he understood “a young chap” had been in the car with his son at the time of the wreck, but he declined to comment further.  

The same area was the scene of a fatal accident in early 2007, when Tito Whittaker, 20, was killed and his teenage brother Lex was seriously injured.  

Sunday’s wreck was the sixth fatal accident in the Cayman Islands this year.  

North Side car crash

The Honda Accord after it smashed into a wall Sunday morning in North Side. – Photo: Carol Winker