A Cayman Islands Health Services Authority physiotherapist and mother of four children died in a one-car accident Wednesday on Shamrock Road.
Police could provide no explanation for why the black Kia Sorrento driven by Rowena Scott, 25, suddenly veered off the road and into a stone fence in the middle of the afternoon. Her passenger, Jovin Fuentes, also 25, remained hospitalized at press time Thursday.
Mr. Fuentes suffered serious injuries, according to police, but he was expected to survive.
HSA Chief Medical Officer Dr. Delroy Jefferson said hospital staff members were left shaken by the news of their colleague’s death.
“She really was a very kind and loved person,” Dr. Jefferson said. “It will have a major impact on staff, I’m sure.”
Lizzette Yearwood, HSA chief executive officer, said meetings were held with staff Wednesday and Thursday.
“Myself, other senior managers and the counseling team met with Rowena’s immediate colleagues and extended our services to them on an individual or collective basis if they feel the need in the days, weeks and months ahead,” she said. “Our sincerest condolences also go out to her family and friends at this time.”
According to police, the crash happened just before 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, just west of Spotts dock.
“A female driver, driving a black Kia SUV heading east towards Bodden Town, lost control of her vehicle, ran off the road on the left and collided with a concrete wall,” the police statement said. “She was pronounced dead at the George Town Hospital.”
Ms. Scott is survived by her mother Carol Ann Scott, her father Ron Scott, and four children, including twin girls.
Mr. Seales said police were still investigating the crash, but indicated it was evident that neither passenger was wearing a seat belt at the time of the collision.
The Cayman Compass observed star-shaped cracks in the SUV’s front windshield where it appeared the passengers had struck their heads during the crash.
“We don’t wish to sound insensitive, but we always advise drivers to just ‘click it’ [seat belt] before you go,” Mr. Seales said. “You never know what’s going to happen.”