A man who was seriously injured when he and his wife were struck by a car last year told a jury that every bone in his face was broken in the incident, while his wife stated that her neck was broken.
American tourists Richard and Kathy Schubert had arrived in Grand Cayman the day before they were hit by a car as they were walking to a restaurant along West Bay Road on Jan. 25, 2015.
The couple gave evidence Wednesday via video link in the trial of attorney Simon Courtney, 47, who is charged with two counts of inflicting grievous bodily harm and dangerous or reckless driving.
Mr. Schubert said he was hit from behind by a car, but did not know what had happened because he was unconscious for 10 days. He was flown to Miami, but did not remember any of that.
“Every bone in my face was broken,” he told the court. The doctor who performed surgery needed a photo to see what he had looked like.
Mr. Schubert said doctors were amazed that he did not lose his sight or sustain brain damage. The surgeons did not get his teeth back in the right spot, he noted.
Mrs. Schubert said the last thing she remembered was passing The Ritz-Carlton hotel. She woke up in hospital with head and leg lacerations. She wondered why she felt no pain. Doctors took another X-ray and found that her neck was broken. She described treatment to her head and leg, adding that she wore “a hard collar” for three months. She was in hospital in Cayman and Florida for a total of nine days.
On Thursday, the court heard witness testimony via video link from Kelli Travis Peters, a tourist with first aid training, who told how she assisted Mrs. Schubert. Mrs. Peters said she and her family were staying at Villas of the Galleon and she was outside with other people, including her son, who was watching CUC workers across the street. She explained that there is a wall about five feet high around the property.
Mrs. Peters said she heard the sound of an engine revving and then tires squealing. She did not see any impact, but she heard it and then saw a man fly into the air above the wall. As she approached the driveway entrance, she saw a woman lying in the parking lot.
She went to the woman to administer first aid. She saw a man closer to the sidewalk, about 20 feet away. CUC workers were tending to him. She also saw a female sitting in the front passenger seat of a maroon Mustang that had come to rest on the sidewalk.
She said the injured woman had a laceration over her eyebrow and it continued to the back of her head. Mrs. Peters said she stabilized the woman’s neck. The woman was in and out of consciousness, not really speaking, but moaning.
A man approached from the maroon Mustang. Mrs. Peters said she did not see exactly where he came from and she did not see him get out of the vehicle. She said he came over, holding a pair of eyeglasses. He tried to hand her the glasses, but Mrs. Peters said she could not let go of the woman’s head.
The man then addressed the injured woman. Mrs. Peters quoted him as saying, “I’m sorry. I’m so sorry. I’m so, so sorry.” Then he placed the glasses on the woman’s stomach, stood up and walked away toward the office of the Villas of the Galleon.
Asked by senior Crown counsel Tricia Hutchinson to describe the man, she said he had a receding hairline, hair the color of “dirty blonde and brown combination.” She estimated he was about 5 feet, 10 inches tall, in his 50s and Caucasian.
Asked if the man tried to assist her and the victim, Mrs. Peters answered, “No.”
She said CUC workers came over to help. One elevated the woman’s leg, which was deeply cut; one held her hand to try to comfort her until the ambulance came.
Asked about the man who had come over with the glasses, she said she did not at any point see him return to the area.
Questioned by lead defense counsel Trevor Burke, Mrs. Peters agreed that it had been raining most of the day, but at the time of the accident it had stopped briefly and then started again while she was assisting the woman. She said she remembered people holding tarps over the injured woman.