One dead after car crashes into house in West Bay

UPDATE 4:30pm: The Office of the Ombudsman is overseeing an investigation into an early morning single vehicle accident that claimed the life of one person and sent another two people to the hospital with serious injuries.

“The Office of the Ombudsman is overseeing matters in the investigation potentially involving the serious harm of a member of the public who had been in recent contact with the RCIPS,” according to a statement released by the RCIPS.

The accident is said to have occurred after the driver of the green Honda Accord ran a police checkpoint on the Esterley Tibbetts Highway near the Yacht Club Roundabout at about 12:15am, 16 Jan., ignoring instructions to stop.

“Officers activated blue lights and sirens and followed the vehicle at a safe distance, however, they soon lost sight of the vehicle and the decision was made to return to the checkpoint,” reads the statement.

Approximately five minutes later, police said the 9-1-1 Communications Centre alerted officers to a single-vehicle collision on West Bay Road, near Willie Farrington Drive, involving a green Honda Accord which had collided with a house.

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“Police and Emergency services attended the location, and three occupants of the vehicle were transported to the Cayman Islands Hospital,” reads the statement. “One of the occupants, a 24-year-old man of West Bay, was subsequently pronounced dead. The other two occupants remain in hospital being treated for serious but non-life-threatening injuries.”

The vehicle had broken through a chain-link fence before colliding into the steps of the front porch.

Police said no one in the house was injured.

A witness who requested not to be identified told Cayman Compass, “I hear a loud bang, and moments later I saw blue lights flashing.”

It is not known whether the deceased was the driver or one of the vehicle’s occupants.

ORIGINAL STORY:

One person died and two others were injured after a car crashed into a West Bay home in the early morning hours of Saturday.

According to witnesses, the single-vehicle accident occurred shortly after 1am, on West Bay Road, across from Foster’s Republix, by Willie Farrington Drive. It appears that no one inside the house was injured in the incident.

“I hear a loud bang, and moments later I saw blue lights flashing,” said one witness who requested not to be identified.

Cayman Compass staff attended the scene a few minutes later, and saw three ambulances depart.

“I can confirm that the accident has resulted in one fatality, and two other persons have been taken to the Cayman Islands Hospital with serious injuries,” Chief inspector Brad Ebanks said.

Police closed off a portion of West Bay Road while crime scene investigators examined the scene.

As of 2:15am, traffic diversions remained in place. Traffic travelling towards West Bay was being advised to take the Esterley Tibbetts Highway towards Batabano Road. Traffic exiting West Bay, travelling eastbound on West Bay Road, was being diverted left at the four-way stop, onto West Church Street.

This is the first fatal accident of 2021.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Bottom line. Traffic division of the RCIPS has to step up enforcement. When I left my home country 25 years ago to make Cayman my home , which I love dearly…. please don’t misunderstand that point. I and my acquaintances would never even consider driving while intoxicated or for that matter think about trying to outrun law enforcement. The Traffic cops where I was from seriously enforced these issues, so much so that we would not even consider breaching the law…Cayman has become a racetrack and sometimes it is frightening to be on the roads. More spot checks are needed to make young and older citizens from getting behind the wheel. The next issue to address would be taxis and how they rape patrons so badly in fares that there is actually an internal debate on whether or not to use their services.