Pedestrian was seventh victim this year on Cayman's roads

Grand Cayman roads claimed their seventh victim of 2015 when 46-year-old Marcia Donaldson of George Town was struck by a vehicle and killed shortly before 5 a.m. Saturday. 

Ms. Donaldson was either walking or jogging at the time of the accident, which occurred about 400 feet west of the Old Crewe Road junction.  

South Sound Road, especially the section between Old Crewe Road and Walkers Road, is a popular place for residents wishing to exercise in the morning by walking, jogging or cycling.  

The vehicle that hit Ms. Donaldson, which was reported to be a Jeep, was driven by a 25-year-old man who was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and suspicion of causing death by drunk driving.  

After the vehicle struck Ms. Donaldson, who was pronounced dead at the scene, it veered off the road and struck a CUC utility pole, cracking it about four feet off the ground. There were no skid marks on the road at the scene of the accident.  

The driver was released on bail to receive medical attention for minor injuries he sustained in the accident. 

A portion of South Sound Road was closed Saturday morning while the accident scene was cleared. Later in the morning, the eastbound lane was reopened, but the westbound lane remained closed while CUC personnel replaced the damaged utility pole. By late morning, the road was completely reopened.  

Ms. Donaldson was the second person not in a motor vehicle who was run over and killed in two days. Early Thursday morning, 59-year-old Donnie Ray Connor was killed on Linford Pierson Highway. Mr. Connor was either near or on his bicycle at the time he was struck by a hit-and-run driver who has not yet been identified.  

Grand Cayman’s roads have been increasingly dangerous for pedestrians this year. In addition to the deaths of Ms. Donaldson and Mr. Conner, seven other people have been hit by vehicles – most of them in hit-and-run incidents – and injured, some of them seriously. 

On Jan. 25, two American tourists, a husband and wife, were injured while on the sidewalk outside of Villas of the Galleon on West Bay Road by a driver who left the scene of the accident. The husband sustained serious facial injuries and was airlifted to the United States for medical treatment. The following day, Jan. 26, a 14-year-old resident was seriously injured by a hit-and-run driver while on a pedestrian crossing at the Savannah Primary School. His 21-year-old brother was also hit in that incident but sustained only minor injuries. 

On March 8, a West Bay resident suffered a broken leg and other injuries when struck by a hit-and-run diver on Reverend Blackman Road. An off-duty police officer witnessed the incident and identified the vehicle, leading to the arrest of the driver shortly afterward. 

A 16-year-old American tourist was critically injured after being hit by a mini-van while crossing the road outside the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort on April 6. On April 11, a 56-year-old Bodden Town man suffered serious injuries in a hit-and-run accident on Bodden Town Road. 

Police are appealing for anyone who might have witnessed the collision involving Ms. Donaldson to contact Inspector Adrian Barnett at 526-2204.