A man who worked in the George Town waterfront area selling coconuts to tourists was struck and killed early Thursday by a hit-and-run driver on the Linford Pierson Highway, the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service confirmed.
Donnie Ray Connor, 59, was run over sometime in the early morning. His mangled bicycle could be seen at the crash scene on the soft shoulder of the outbound lanes along the highway, near Agnes Way, hours later as scene of crime officers examined the area. It had been broken into two pieces in the collision and was almost unrecognizable as a bicycle on first glance.
“We suspect [Mr. Connor] was traveling on his bicycle when he was hit,” RCIPS Chief Inspector Claudia Brady said.
Mr. Connor’s body was discovered at the crash scene around 4:30 a.m. by a member of the public who called 911.
He was dead by the time emergency services responded to the location, police said.
“It was later confirmed that the incident was the result of a hit-and-run motor vehicle collision,” Chief Inspector Brady said.
No arrests had been reported by press time. Police are asking that anyone who was in the area between midnight and 4 a.m. Thursday and who may have seen the accident or Mr. Connor to contact Inspector Adrian Barnett at 526-2204. Witnesses can also contact George Town Police Station at 949-4222, the RCIPS tip line at 949-7777 or call Crime Stoppers at 800-8477.
Thursday morning’s collision was the sixth fatal crash in the Cayman Islands this year.
The collision was also the fifth major hit-and-run incident investigated by police since the start of 2015.
Mr. Connor, the victim in Thursday’s crash, had more than 60 convictions against him for burglary, according to publicly available court records. His court-appointed attorney, John Furniss, has described his previous offenses as “not the most serious … more the nuisance value.”
He was sentenced in late 2009 to four years’ imprisonment for a series of offenses that included trespassing, shoplifting and stealing fruit from a tree.
Thursday’s collision, which closed the main artery into central George Town for several hours during morning rush hour, backed up traffic from the Linford Pierson Highway to Hirst Road in Savannah-Newlands.
RCIPS officers had traffic barricades placed at the King’s roundabout and were diverting traffic onto Crewe Road and South Sound Road at that junction.
Traffic heading from George Town to the eastern districts was blocked at the junction of Agnes Way and the Linford Pierson Highway and drivers were making U-turns once they encountered the police barricades.
Police reopened the highway at around 9 a.m. Thursday.