Man killed in car smash

| 23/12/2011

accident_0.JPG(CNS):  A 39-year-old man was killed in the early hours of Friday morning after the car he was driving smashed into a tree. Police confirmed this morning (23 December) that at about 1:52am Richard Alutaya Rivera of East End, who was driving a Honda Civic on Shamrock Road in the direction of his home, appeared to lose control of his vehicle, which skidded off the road and collided with a tree. Emergency services attended the scene, including the Fire Department, medics and police, as the man was trapped in the car. Once freed, the man was taken to George Town hospital where he was pronounced dead at about 3:10am.

The RCIPS Traffic Management issued an advisory that commuters may be delayed until around 7:30am as the police continue investigations into the cause of the fatal crash.

The man is the seventh person to die on the roads in Cayman this year and comes just three weeks after a fatal crash on Esterley Tibbets Highway.

Anyone with information in relation to the accident may contact the Traffic Management at 946-6254.

Category: Local News

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  1. Anonymous says:

    idk why so many people are arguing, when somebofdy has died…. 

    • Reality Cheque says:

      Because too many people are dying on Cayman's roads because selfish idiots drive too fast.

  2. FBB says:

    Maybe I missed the part of the article that said the man was speeding. Seems like a lot of the posters have already made this assumption. 

    Are you aware that a person can be driving 30mph and skid out of control? I witness it myself with someone going around a roundabout just the other day. 

    Is it possible that because it was 2am in the morning he nodded off to sleep and who knows perhaps his foot then hit the accelerator. 

    I suggest you all refrain from making these bold assumptions until facts are known. 

    Whenpeople hear accident, early hours, people immediately jump to the conclusion of drunk driving, reckless driving, speeding etcetera. 



  3. Anonymous says:

    Sincere condolences to the family and friend of this gentleman. Another tragedy at Christmas time.


    May his soul rest in peace.

  4. Anonymous says:

    So sad – R I P – GOD bless all the family and friends.  Everyone try to drive safely 'the life you save may be your own'.

  5. Anonymous says:

    R.I.P Kuya Richard… still hard to believe you're gone. 

  6. Reality Check says:

    Another Honda Civic driven like a race car threatening the lives of innocent road users.  These boy racers need to be caught AND JAILED – it might save their lives and the lives of good innocent people.

    • 40-year veteran hot rodder says:

      Boy racer?

      The poor guy was 39 years old.

    • Anon. says:

      "Boy racers?" 

      Did the article not say the man was 39 years old? 

      Where did it say he was racing? 

      Someone driving home in the early hours of the morning does not automatically mean they were speeding or racing. 


  7. Anonymous says:

    Richard was an very thorough craftsman.  He will always be remembered by the BT Heritage group.  Condolences to his family.

  8. B.B.L. Brown says:

    What is the speed limit in the area of the accident?

  9. Anonymous says:


    If you drive safely and not under the influence, it does not matter  what year or brand of car you are driving.There is no need to ban any year of car on the road as it is not the cars' fault if you have an accident and kill yourself. In Cuba the people are driving vehicles from the 60's and 70's so you see it does not mater what year the vehicle was made in.

  10. Dion Sese says:

    Rest in peace, chard…

  11. Anon a mouse says:

    Dear Bueller,
    Spoken like a true uneducated moron speaking with ‘authority’ on a topic of which one neither has any knowledge or understanding.
    Better if you had first read the Fable of the ‘Jackass in the Lion’s skin’.

  12. Bueller says:

    Yet another Honda involved in a fatal accident – it seems like almost every one involves a Honda. This is certainly no coincidence, and is surely the result of a lack of safety features (air bags, crumple zones etc) in old Japanese vehicles. How many more people need to die before the Government acts? I for one would completely ban the import of any more pre-2000 Japanese cars, and anyone who is considering buying one really needs to think about the value of life – yes, you might pick up some cheap wheels, but is it worth risking your life every time you drive anywhere?


    RIP to the man involved in this smash, and condolences to his family and friends.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Sooo sad!

  14. Anonymous says:

    Condolences to the family and friends of this young man, Spotts Raceway has claimed another victim why was the 3rd lane added to this road?

    • Anonymous says:

      1. This is not in Spotts

      2. This road had only 2 lanes

      2. 39 isnt that young…

      4. RIP


    • Anonymous says:

      It didn't happen at Spotts, It was on a 2 lane stretch of road….

  15. Rachel Dequito Gepolla says:

    Rest in peace, my friend.  We will surely miss you.

  16. Anonymous says:

    This is so sad – my condolences to his family.