UPDATE 4—1:30 p.m.: Police have confirmed that a 22-year-old man from Jamaica and three elderly tourists from the U.K. were killed in the horrific car smash in East End Tuesday night.

The 22-year-old was at the wheel of a black Honda Accord that collided head-on with a silver Kia Rio rental on Austin Connolly Drive just after 7 p.m..

Two passengers, a 26-year-old and an 11-year-old, who police believe were traveling in the open trunk of the vehicle were also injured in the accident. The 26-year-old was in a serious but stable condition at the Cayman Islands Hospital at midday Wednesday. The 11-year-old boy was in a stable condition and conscious, according to police.

The rental car was being driven by a 72-year-old visitor from the UK, who was accompanied by two women, aged 74 and 69, understood to be his wife and a family friend, police said in a news release Wednesday.

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UPDATE 3—00:20: Four people were killed in what Police Commissioner Derek Byrne described as a “horrific” two-vehicle collision Tuesday evening on Austin Conolly Dr. in East End.

A Honda Accord and a Kia Rio collided head-on about 7:15 p.m.

The Kia, from Andy’s Rent-A-Car, was carrying three people — a male and two females. All three are deceased.

Commissioner Byrne confirmed that the occupants of the rental were U.K. visitors.

The second vehicle in the collision was ​carrying two adults and one child. The adult driver is deceased. The child and adult passenger were taken to hospital.

The child appeared to escape with non-life-threatening injuries, but police officers said he still received serious injuries from the crash.

The 26-year-old male Honda passenger’s condition was listed as critical as of late Tuesday.

“It’s a horrific crash,” said Mr. Byrne at the scene. “We’re now trying to get in touch with the families of the deceased through the consulates. We understand they have other [relatives] or friends here on island … but they were here as visitors.”

A Honda Accord and a Kia Rio collided head-on about 7:15 p.m., according to police, killing four people. – Photo: Taneos Ramsay

The accident took place just northeast of the junction with John McLean Drive. That section of road was closed overnight while police do a full accident reconstruction.

It’s not expected to reopen until Wednesday morning.

A police statement released just before midnight Tuesday indicated that the Honda Accord was clocked speeding on police radar moments before it crossed the center line of the road and collided with the rental car.

“The police car was turning around when the accident occurred,” Chief Inspector Patrick Beersingh said. “The accident occurred before police could commence action in relation to the speeding Honda.”

Hundreds of people gathered near the scene Tuesday night, with many vehicles parked on the side of Austin Conolly Dr.

This story will be updated as information becomes available. — Ed.

A reconstructionist analyzes an accident scene in East End Tuesday night. – Photo: Taneos Ramsay
The scene of the accident in East End Tuesday night. – Photo: Taneos Ramsay
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  1. My sympathy and prays go out to the victims and their families in this tragic horrific accident.
    From what I am reading in the article , I think that Government should take a serious look at what is happening in the Cayman Islands , and the people who are like the driver of the car that caused this terrible horrific accident, needs to stop and think about it , this could have been avoided by stopping , and not doing wrong why you would need to run from the Police , and this could have been “me and my family “.

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  2. So sorry to read about this. What a dreadful end to a lovely vacation.

    Plenty of people driving too fast on our roads. They go zooming past my car all the time.

    But I am confused. The black Honda had a driver, who was killed. A passenger of 26 plus an 11 year old who was in the open trunk?? Why was the 11 year old not in the back two seats of the car? Why in the trunk?

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