US citizen named as victim in fatal collision

American Kiarah Shikale Perkins has been named as the victim in Sunday’s fatal collision in George Town.

The 32-year-old nurse, who was a Grand Cayman resident, was killed in a two-vehicle crash.

Health Services Authority CEO Lizzette Yearwood expressed sadness at the passing of Perkins, who she said was loved and admired at the Cayman Islands Hospital where she worked.

“The HSA family is deeply saddened with the unexpected and tragic passing of Nurse Kiarah Perkins from the Medical Ward. Kiarah was a vibrant young lady who cared for her patients, was deeply loved by her friends and colleagues and will be greatly missed,” Yearwood told the Cayman Compass in a brief emailed statement.

The board, management and her colleagues extend “our deepest condolences to Kiarah’s husband and family during this difficult time”, Yearwood added.

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Perkins’s death is the fifth fatality on local roads this year.

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service said the accident occurred just after 1am on 23 May, along South Church Street in the vicinity of Palm Springs condos.

Two cars, a Changan CS75 and a Honda Fit, were travelling in opposite directions when they collided.

Police say the victim, who was driving the Honda Fit, was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital.

The driver of the Changan, a 25-year-old George Town man, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

He was hospitalised after the crash.

Police have said the suspect was granted police bail as investigations continue, and has been discharged from the hospital.

The three other occupants of the vehicles, who were also admitted to hospital following the crash, have since been discharged.

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  1. Clearly time to take a scrutinizing look at penalties for dangerous driving , driving while intoxicated etc. Driving is atrocious in Cayman. We need more traffic stops…radar guns. More patrols. At present individuals just get in to their motor vehicles with no thought of What if…individuals should be terrified of the ramifications of their negligence. The bypasses are nothing more than a racetrack at present. How many young lives have to be lost until something is seriously done ? This is shame…lawmakers and law enforcement wake up already.