Third fatal motorcycle accident this year
Seion Brown, 23, became the third man under age 30 to die this year on Grand Cayman roads while operating a motorcycle.
Mr. Brown was pronounced dead at the Cayman Islands Hospital Thursday morning following a one-vehicle crash on Shamrock Road in the Savannah area just after dawn.
According to witnesses at the scene, the motorcycle driver was attempting to pass two vehicles westbound on the shoulder of Shamrock Road, just past Savannah Primary School, around 6:30 a.m. when his motorbike clipped a speed limit sign, rolled and slid into the opposite lane.
The motorcyclist suffered serious head injuries and was “unresponsive” when ambulance crews took him away, according to police.
The Royal Cayman Islands Police version of the collision varied slightly from eyewitness reports: “The rider, travelling west on Shamrock Road, lost control of the motorcycle in a left-hand bend … fell and collided with a sign post.”
The motorcycle ended up in the eastbound lanes of Shamrock Road. It was not believed that any other vehicles were involved in the wreck. Mr. Brown was the only person on the motorcycle, police said.
Royal Cayman Islands Police officers closed both lanes of Shamrock Road at the crash scene and were diverting traffic back onto Hirst Road and then to the East-West Arterial.
By 7 a.m., hundreds of cars were backed up at the Countryside Shopping Village junction, some having traveled down Shamrock Road to the accident scene only to be turned around by police who were blocking several sections of the road. Traffic started to clear out around 9 a.m. Thursday.
Other motorcycle deaths
All three fatal collisions on Cayman Islands roads this year have involved motorcycle riders.
A man was arrested on July 30 following a two-vehicle collision on West Bay Road in which a 21-year-old motorcycle rider was killed. According to the RCIPS, the motorcycle and a Honda CRV collided at 11:50 p.m. on July 29 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, whom 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.
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.
The other motorcycle accident occurred on Saturday, Sept. 6 and involved a man police officers said may have been involved in a liquor store robbery earlier that evening. Erick Bush, 28, was pronounced dead two days later at the Cayman Islands Hospital. Police officers investigating the matter did not state how Mr. Bush was killed, but it appeared that he fell from the motorcycle, which was recovered at the scene.
“I can positively say that he was not pursued by any police vehicle when the accident happened,” RCIPS Chief Inspector Raymond Christian said. “He wasn’t struck by any police vehicle.”