Update at 10:30 a.m., April 16
Police confirmed the identity of Thursday’s fatal traffic victim as Susan Simoy Sumalapao, 56. She was from the Philippines and working in the Cayman Islands.
The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service offered condolences to the family of the deceased.
Original story from April 12
A 56-year-old woman from the Philippines died Thursday morning after she was struck while walking on the Esterley Tibbetts Highway bridge just north of the Kimpton Seafire hotel.
A gold Ford Escape traveling southbound toward George Town was involved in the crash with the pedestrian just before 8 a.m. Thursday, according to the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service.
The accident victim died at the scene.
Philippines Honorary Consul Arturo Ursua said the woman worked locally and efforts were under way Thursday afternoon to notify her family about the accident.
Less than an hour after the crash, a video circulated around the islands on social media showing the immediate aftermath of the accident scene where a weeping man sitting alongside the road states that the victim “tried to run across” the road. The video also shows another man standing next to the victim’s body, speaking on a cellphone inaudibly.
The Royal Cayman Islands Police asked the local press and residents not to share the footage “which can be extremely upsetting to family members.”
The SUV driver was not injured in the crash.
The wreck is believed to be the fourth fatal traffic accident to occur in the islands during 2018, three – including Thursday’s – have occurred on Grand Cayman and one occurred on Cayman Brac. The fatal crash closed off traffic in the southbound lanes of the Esterley Tibbetts between the Kimpton and Yacht Drive for more than five hours Thursday as police investigated the crash. Emergency vehicles, including ambulances and fire trucks, were wedged around the crash scene, while one of the northbound lanes was opened for southbound drivers to travel through the area.
The accident snarled traffic during the morning rush hour.