Tourist hit by truck on West Bay Road

A British tourist is in serious condition at the Cayman Islands Hospital after he was hit by a truck as he crossed West Bay Road on Tuesday evening, police reported.

The 68-year-old man, who was staying at a hotel on West Bay Road, was crossing the street in the vicinity of Peppers Restaurant when the pickup truck struck him around 7 p.m.

Police closed the southbound lane of West Bay Road Tuesday evening as they investigated the scene. The road was reopened by Wednesday morning.

As of press time Wednesday, no arrest had been made in the incident.

George Town Police ask anyone who has information or who may have witnessed the incident to call 949-4222.

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  1. Just 2 days ago Norman Linton and I have commented on the" visitor road safety" issue. A link to the UK report was provided.
    http://content.tfl.gov.uk/visitor-pedestrian-safety-final-report.pdf

    Whose responsibility is to ensue "visitors road safety" in the Cayman Islands? How many more people have to die or get injured simply trying to cross West Bay road?

    It would be wise for the road safety department to review this report and implement what is applicable to the Cayman Islands. Create an awareness. Issuing a small brochure about driving in the Cayman Islands for distribution to visitors would go a long way.

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  2. I think that the traffic department needs to be put back in place, and the traffic officers need to be on the roads 24/7. I think that more efforts need to be implemented in the safety of pedestrians /tourist. We have to remember where the tourist come from, they don’t have 2 way traffic on the same road that they are trying to cross, so they would normally look one way. This is why we need more awareness for the safety, like good road signs like look left and right, and do not cross unless you are in a pedestrian cross walk. Drivers be warned of hitting a pedestrian in cross walk would be 2 years imprisonment, and disqualified from driving for 2 years, and liability.

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  3. Sorry to read this.
    What a miserable way to spend what should be a lovely vacation in these beautiful islands.
    As a Brit he should have known which way to look before crossing. A common problem here with American tourists.
    But yet it always puzzles me that someone could be hit on West Bay Rd, which is a straight road with good visibility both ways. Unless the driver was going way too fast.
    The speed limit needs to be lowered on this stretch of road and enforced!

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  4. I drive all day and people also don”t follow traffic rules . If one would just look at all the jaywalking that happens in GT alone? When has anyone been given a ticket from crossing on stop signals? Why aren”t there more traffic accidents in GT? Cars are not trying to hit people on purpose. People walking across the street forget that they have to watch out for cars also. Remember lots of countries have laws where the pedestrian can sue even when they are at fault. So lets remember the other side also make mistakes.

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