A man was arrested Wednesday following a two-vehicle collision on West Bay Road Tuesday night in which a 21-year-old motorcyle rider was killed.
According to the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service, the motorcycle and a Honda CRV collided at 11:50 p.m. Tuesday along the main thoroughfare through the Seven Mile Beach district at the road’s southern end, near Captain’s Bakery.
The motorcycle rider, Daniel “Dan Dan” Grant, was transported to the Cayman Islands Hospital where he was pronounced dead about 30 minutes after the crash.
The 37-year-old driver of the Honda, who police did not name, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving and suspicion of drunk driving. He and a 38-year-old passenger in the vehicle were not injured in the collision. No charges had been filed as of press time Wednesday.
Police accounts indicated that the motorcycle was traveling southbound from West Bay toward George Town and the driver of the Honda was traveling in the opposite direction. The collision happened as the driver of the Honda turned right into Slate Drive from West Bay Road, police said. Investigating officers reported that a bicycle may also have been involved in the crash, but they could not immediately provide further details.
This was the first fatal crash in Cayman this year. Mr. Grant was a 2010 graduate of John Gray High School. His father Mitchell Grant said Wednesday that he had not been given any details about how the collision occurred or where his son might have been heading late Tuesday.
The driver of the Honda, if convicted in connection with the crash, could face up to seven years in prison on a careless driving charge, a relatively new offense under the Cayman Islands Traffic Law, which was rewritten in 2011. The section of the law reads: “A person who drives a vehicle or animal on a road without care and attention, or without reasonable consideration for other persons, and by so doing causes the death of another person commits an offense.”
The criminal offense for careless driving requires a lower standard of proof than those for reckless or dangerous driving.
Traffic tied up
The police accident investigation, which got under way just after midnight Tuesday, was still ongoing by the time Wednesday morning’s rush hour hit.
The damaged motorcycle and Honda remained on West Bay Road, and police officers were diverting traffic, requiring drivers at one stage to turn around and go back the way they came.
RCIPS Chief Inspector Angelique Howell, who commands George Town Police Station, said she realizes traffic essentially slowed to a crawl Wednesday morning on West Bay Road, but she said the police had to complete their investigation properly.
“The road closure was necessary and we apologize for the inconvenience, but we [were] dealing with a death and, unfortunately, police investigation takes time,” Ms. Howell said.