Man dies in road accident

The crumpled SUV lies at the side of Rex Crighton Boulevard Friday.
The crumpled SUV lies at the side of Rex Crighton Boulevard Friday.

A man was killed Friday after the SUV he was travelling in flipped several times.

Police say shortly after 10:30am on Friday, 911 dispatched officers and other emergency personnel to Rex Crighton Boulevard.

911 dispatch centre told the Cayman Compass it received reports that the vehicle “had flipped multiple times”, and there was an unresponsive man on the side of the road.

A statement released by the RCIPS said, “The occupant of the vehicle was transported to the Cayman Islands Hospital where he was pronounced dead by an attending doctor.”

Police advised that east-bound lanes between Chime Street and Hirst Road, and west-bound lanes between Hirst Road and Double Tree Lane, along the boulevard, were closed.

Speaking at the government press conference on Friday, RCIPS Commissioner Derek Byrne said it appeared the driver in the “tragic” accident was responding to a family member in need.

“It does appear that the male who was driving was responding to what he thought to be a medical emergency involving a member of his family,” Byrne said.

Shortly after the accident, videos and images of the wreck and a man’s body laying on the ground began to surface.

In a video circulating on social media, the SUV is seen resting just off the right curb of the lane leading into George Town. All the windows are broken and the roof is crumpled in. The videographer then turns the camera and proceeds to show an injured man laying on the ground.

The police commissioner said he had seen the video, and called on members of the community to stop sharing it.

“It’s shocking that the video is circulating, and I’m sure distressing for the family of the deceased, and indeed his friends,” said Byrne. “I do have some concerns around that, and I know a number of people went out to the public roadway, at the scene, and we’re having this debate as to whether they were rendering medical assistance.”

Shortly after the footage began circulating, Newlands MLA Alva Suckoo expressed his concern over the sharing of videos showing fatalities.

“Do we really need to implement Good Samaritan laws?” questioned Suckoo. “What kind of people have we become to think that it is appropriate human behaviour to video, post, share a road fatality instead of trying to assist the person.”

The statement from the RCIPS also read, “Members of the public are directed to refrain from sharing images of the collision, especially images of the victim.”

The accident remains under investigation.

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