A 39-year-old Caymanian man was killed early Saturday morning when after his black BMW car collided with a utility pole on Bodden Town Road in the vicinity of the Lighthouse Restaurant in Breakers.
The victim, Roger Powell, was the sole occupant of the vehicle.
Police responded to the crash scene after receiving a report about the accident at 1:22 a.m. Mr. Powell was transported to Cayman Islands, where he was pronounced dead.
During their investigation of the accident, police said they learned Mr. Powell had been in East End prior to the collision. Police have asked anyone who might have witnessed the accident or who has any information about the victim’s activities that evening to call the George Town Police Station.
The road to East End and North Side was closed for several hours following the accident, but reopened shortly after sunrise.
There have now been four road fatalities on Grand Cayman during 2014, but this was the first one where the deceased was in a car; the previous three road fatalities this year all occurred on motorcycles. A 23-year-old man died when his motorcycle slammed into a post on Shamrock Road in Savannah on Oct, 16; a 28-year-old rider died on Jefferson Road, West Bay, after falling off his bike on Sept. 5; and a 21-year-old motorcyclist lost his life when he collided with a car on West Bay Road on July 29.
Although the village of Breakers has a speed limit of 30 miles per hour, the areas of Bodden Town Road immediately to the east and west of the area are among the few on Grand Cayman that have speed limits of 50 miles per hour. Other areas with 50-miles-per-hour speed limits include portions of Frank Sound Road and Sea View Road, and the Queens Highway along the northeast coast.
Most utility polls on Grand Cayman are made of wood or aluminum, but those near Breakers are made of concrete.