Arrest in fatal suspected drag racing crash

Police arrested a 21-year-old Brac man on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving in a Friday night incident that police suspect involved drag racing.

Shortly after 11 p.m., Raoul Muhammad Scott died in a car accident along Dennis Foster Road near Ocean Villa Road in Stake Bay. “It seems as if one car struck the other,” said police Superintendent Adrian Seales.

Police couldn’t say how fast Mr. Scott was traveling in his red Honda Civic, but they said both cars were seriously damaged in the crash. Mr. Scott was taken to Faith Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

The 21-year-old man was in the other car, a white Honda Civic, with a 19-year-old passenger. Both were taken to Faith Hospital and treated for minor injuries.

Mr. Seales said laws against drag racing can be hard to enforce “unless it happens in the presence of a constable.” But he said police know racing can be a deadly issue.

Last year, Igor Domladis pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving after 21-year-old Zak Quappe died in a similar incident. Mr. Domladis admitted, in the words of his lawyer Ben Tonner, that he and Mr. Quappe “were engaged in competitive driving” on South Church Street at speeds of up to 60 miles per hour in the residential area.

A judge in November sentenced Mr. Domladis to four years’ imprisonment.

Accident investigators from Grand Cayman traveled to the Brac to help with last weekend’s crash investigation.

Police officials on the Brac would not comment on whether airbags deployed in either car.

This is the second fatal car accident on the Brac this year.

Jose Abel Zelaya, 49, died in a fiery one-car wreck the weekend before.

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