A long-time resident of Grand Cayman’s East End district died Tuesday afternoon in what family members described as a “freak accident” in the driveway of her property.
Esther Scott, 66, died around 5 p.m. when she was struck by a Sterling dump truck that had just dropped off a load of aggregate in the front yard of her home on John McLean Drive.
Ms. Scott’s grandnephew, Fabian Scott, who lived with her, said Ms. Scott signed for the delivery of the marl, which he intended to use to fill in the backyard of the property.
Mr. Scott said the dump truck had backed into the driveway of the home, unloaded its contents and was preparing to drive away when his great aunt somehow got caught underneath the vehicle.
“She can’t see really that good, it just looked like she got caught and pulled under the truck,” Mr. Scott said.
Orange police markings could still be seen in the dirt-track driveway where Ms. Scott had been struck.
Mr. Scott said the truck driver stopped on the road outside the house almost immediately, apparently realizing after the fact that he’d struck someone.
“I guess he just didn’t see her,” Mr. Scott said.
Dozens of members of the Scott family in East End gathered outside Ms. Scott’s sister’s house next door Wednesday following the accident.
Mr. Scott said the family was devastated by his great aunt’s sudden and untimely death, but that he personally did not blame the dump truck driver.
“You don’t expect anyone to be close to your truck when you’re driving off and no one should be around the truck when you’re dumping,” Mr. Scott, who has training as a heavy equipment operator, said. “It was just a freak accident.”
Police arrested the dump truck driver, a 43-year-old North Side resident, on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He was released on police bail. No charges had been filed against the driver as of press time Wednesday.