Update: Police identify woman killed on highway bridge

Susan Simoy Sumalapao

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.

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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.

The Ford SUV that collided with the pedestrian along the Esterley Tibbetts Highway during rush hour traffic Thursday morning is pictured here, stopped along the southbound lanes of the highway just north of the Kimpton Seafire hotel. Police officers and fire crews routed traffic around the area investigate the crash scene Thursday morning.
Photo: Brent Fuller

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.

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  1. Because of this tragedy of this Lady’s death . I think that the Government and the NRA needs to take a very serious look at the public transportation bus and drivers , and road safety for pedestrians.
    This tragedy could have involved anyone, knowing that you accidentally killed some innocent person, that would have devastating effects on you for life . Just because of the Government and the NRA negligence to address this issue.