Radio DJ on mend after road smash

A popular radio disc jockey is facing a long road to recovery after suffering serious injuries in a three-vehicle car smash at the weekend. 

Maurice Turnbull, known as DJ M, was on life support at the Cayman Islands Hospital on Monday following an accident on Crewe Road Saturday evening. 

His brother, fellow DJ Renato Harris, said he suffered extensive injuries to his ribs, lungs, chest and legs, but is expected to pull through. 

“It is probably a long road to recovery before he is walking again, but he is supposed to come off life support tomorrow. I feel relieved, based on how he was when I saw him on Saturday night. I’m thankful the hospital was able to operate so quickly,” said Mr. Harris. 

Mr. Turnbull’s condition was upgraded from critical to stable on Monday. 

Another man and a pregnant woman, also injured in the crash, were in stable condition in hospital on Monday. There was no official word on the condition of the baby. 

A Mitsubishi dump truck traveling west on Crewe Road and two cars, a Daihatsu Sirion and a Toyota Harrier, traveling east, were involved in the crash near Rosedale Gardens just before 11 p.m. Saturday. 

Mr. Turnbull and the other man had to be cut from their vehicles by firefighters. The pregnant woman was thrown from her car, police reported. All three vehicles were extensively damaged. 

Mr. Turnbull, a DJ for DMS Broadcasting who hosts a Soca show and a Caribbean music show on Hot 104.1 FM, is married with two children. 

Mr. Harris, who also works as a DJ for DMS, said his brother is a popular figure on the island. 

“We have both been on 104.1 FM since it started 10 years ago,” he said. “Everybody knows us. My phone has been ringing off the hook since this happened on Saturday. We are thankful for all the love and support. 

“I went to see him this morning and he was able to open his eyes and give me a thumbs up. There is a long way to go, but he is pulling through.” 

Maurice Turnbull, known as DJ M, suffered serious injuries in the crash.
Maurice Turnbull, known as DJ M, suffered serious injuries in the crash.