DUI arrest in fatal motorcycle crash

The scene of Sunday night’s fatal collision in Savannah. - Photo: Taneos Ramsay

Police arrested a North Side resident in connection with a deadly SUV-motorcycle collision that occurred in Savannah Sunday night.

The 53-year-old man was taken into custody on suspicion of drunken driving and suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after the 8 p.m. Sunday accident.

No charges had been filed by press time and the suspect remained in police custody as of press time Monday.

The crash near the Countryside Shopping Centre in Savannah involved a Kia Sportage SUV and a motorcycle operated by 40-year-old Denvil Roy Mitchell of West Bay.

Mr. Mitchell was taken to the Cayman Islands Hospital and was pronounced dead upon arrival.

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Mr. Mitchell was employed as a National Roads Authority machine operator between 2006 and 2010 and again after he rejoined the agency in May 2011 following a short break.

NRA Director Paul Parchment said Mr. Mitchell most recently worked as the operator of the authority’s street sweeper vehicle.

Police are particularly keen to speak with the driver of a Silver Honda CR-V who was just behind the motorcycle at the time of the crash. That person is asked to call RCIPS Traffic Management at 324-9853 to provide more information.

Although the crash happened Sunday night, the scene remained cordoned off up to 12 hours later and affected the morning commute into George Town for thousands of drivers in the eastern districts of Grand Cayman.

Police said the lengthy road closure was necessary given the severity of the crash.

The collision is the second fatal traffic accident this year in the Cayman Islands. Ethel Ebanks died on Jan. 28 following a one-car crash outside the Kirkconnell Supermarket on Stake Bay Road in Cayman Brac.

*This story has been amended from the original version. 

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  1. Look at the many persons who has been arrested for DUI after a crash, whether it caused a life or not. So, are we still convinced that Alcohol should not be listed among the most dangerous drugs, compared to persons who smoke pot?