Five hospitalized after weekend car crashes

A Nissan sedan had to be pulled from the sea along the George Town waterfront Saturday morning. – PHOTO: DAVID COOKE

Three serious car accidents in George Town that sent five people to hospital over the weekend are being investigated by the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service.

The most recent accident was on Sunday night along the waterfront, where a bicyclist and a motor scooter collided. The force of the collision split the bicycle in two.

Police said 911 received a call about the collision around 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the vicinity of recently shuttered La Dolce Vita restaurant on North Church Street. The man on the bicycle, 62, and the man on the motor scooter, 26, both in serious condition, were taken to the Cayman Islands Hospital. The road was closed in both directions while police and emergency services dealt with the incident.

On Saturday night, three females narrowly escaped after the car they were in caught fire after a crash on the Camana Bay roundabout.

According to police, the three Kia SUV passengers got out of the vehicle after the crash. It was on fire when officers arrived. Police kept back onlookers and blocked off a section of the Esterley Tibbetts Highway as the vehicle “burned and exploded,” according to police. Fire officers arrived to put out the car fire.

All three Kia passengers were taken to hospital for observation; they were not seriously injured.

On Saturday morning, a man driving a Nissan sedan apparently lost control of the vehicle along the George Town waterfront and ended up with the car in the sea. The man and his passenger were not hurt.

Police said the car’s owner paid for its removal from the water along the shoreline.