Driver dies after road smash

| 29/12/2011

(CNS): Police have now confirmed that 26-year-old Dwayne Cayasso of George Town has died as a result of the serious injuries he sustained in high speed smash on Linford Pierson Highway yesterday morning. Cayasso was driving a Honda Civic which left the highway and crashed into a tree near the riding stables in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Police stated that the 24-year-old man who was a passenger in the car remains in hospital in a stable condition as enquiries continue into the cause of the single vehicle crash. The man who died at around 11:30 Thursday morning,  more that 32 hours after the smsh is the eighth person to be killed on Cayman’s roads this year.

Cayasso had been seriously injured in a previous road smash for which he served a prison sentence after pleading guilty to causing death by dangerous driving in 2008. Gregory Rankine was killed in 2005 when Cayasso lost control of the truck he was driving at speed along Shamrock Road and smashed into a house. Cayasso was banned from driving for five years and sentenced to two years in prison in January 2008 which was suspended. The court of appeal overturned the suspension later that year and ordered that he go to jail for a year.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    Dwayne only God can judge you. Wish I had gotten to know you better. May you rest in peace and look over your Mom who loved you with all her heart and soul. 

    Your cousin with Love.


  2. Totheignorant says:

    I would just like to start by saying that Dwayne you will truly be missed by most I cannot include these people that feel u deserve death for they themselves are living in a world full of anger. Dwayne may you rest peacefully and await all those that mourn for u in the holy land. I know you will look out for your loved ones as their angel and I wish u were still here. My condolences to Dwayne’s family.
    Now for all those that have missed the main fact that people are grieving for their lost it would be a lot better if you could leave the talk of ” how he got wat comin” to talk amongst u and your friends the Internet is not the place to go venting as family members and people who are mourning and struggling with the loss do not need an extra hand trying to hold them down in grief. Where is your sympathy for those left behind. Seriously get a heart you all are such heartless creatures and think because u read one article u know the life and history of the boy check your facts and stop trying to make an example of thise poor boy who is missed by many. Your attacks on his character and his family’s loss is disgusting

  3. John-the-Baptist says:

     PUTTHINGSINTOPERSPECTIVE, I really enjoyed your post. Good read. This kid seems as if he was out of control. It really perturbs when our young people have no semblance of respect for anything or anybody. I really wished the young man was still here and that the news had read. " Young Caymanian appointed/promoted……….."  May our Lord comfort his parents and extended family.

  4. Dred says:

    This has been the year of the mentally delinquent and I am not talking about people with REAL illnesses just people who SEEM to have real illnesses.

    If it's not gangs and their crimes sprees (Burglaries) its pathetic driving habits.

    I have seen cars fly past me when I am doing 44 to 47 mph like I was stopped. It's justsheer madness.

    Tonight I absolutely refuse to be on the roads. As much as I would like to be out to say Caymana Bay and enjoy the Fireworks show the dangers that exist out there if not by having your home robbed while you are out or returning its the getting in a serious accident because of these mentally challenged individuals.

    You woudl think that people would learn lessons from their past but they don't. So be it. Fate has a way of evening things out in the end. Play Russian Roulette too long and sooner or later you meet you fate. Sad. Truly Sad. So young. So much potential for GOOD and all of it wasted.

  5. Like It Is says:

    Some peoplehave queried on this thread why anyone would make negative comments.  In a country so blighted by drunk and dangerous driving I find it hard to see why they do not understand the deep anger of the public at large at these speedster idiots.

    If the murderers of Estella were released and killed in the course of committing the same crime we would have many many posts which were negative about them.  Morally to many people this dead driver is no better than them.  He has criminally killed before and repeated the very same acts afterwards in the course fo criminal conduct.  XXXXX

  6. Anonymous says:

    Let us not lose all perspective in regards to this ordeal. He was given a second chance and sadly, like so many others, did not embrace it. But he is still someones son, nephew, cousin and friend. Death is a sad occassion no matter who is to blame. Life is precious and let us not forget to pray (and if you aren't religious), offer sympathy to those who are left to grieve in a season which should be filled with joy, love and laughter.

  7. Anonymous says:

    When he was sentenced the first time for killing someone he was given a lenient sentence, the judge said
    "His own misery in having to live with it for the rest of his life is punishment".
    The "rest of his life" turned out to be less than 4 years. If he had been given a serious sentence in the first place perhaps he would have taken notice and still be alive today. Perhaps other young, foolish drivers would have taken notice. I hope XXXX the island's judges take note of this tragedy and start to see that serious sentences is a part (not all – but part) of the solution – to act as a deterrant.

    • Anonymous says:

      I believe rehabilitation is more appropriate. Dwayne was haunted by memories and injuries from the previous accident and one of the only ways he knew how to ebb the pain was drinking. Is that appropriate? No! … but that's what was happening. He had a badly mashed up foot from the accident that took ages (as in 2+ years) and multiple surgeries to finally heal. As a result, he had to use a cane and could not actually physically drive as it was his right foot that was affected. He'd finally regained proper use of his foot and perhaps of late he'd felt that he wanted to "stretch his wings," so to speak, and, like MANY drivers from all walks of life, thought "Hey, it's just a short drive; I'm not that drunk." Yes, it was an ill-advised idea, and, yes, this has left the family and friends grieving, wondering why, and in some cases even feeling angry, but we all need to try to think whatwas actually going on in his head… it certainly wasn't "I think I'll go crash today."

  8. With Feelings says:

    I do feel sorry for this young mans mother and father as I honestly know that they have tried to be the best parents. However, he didnt seem to appreciate life or the fact that he was spared his own life adn subsequently took another persons life a few years ago. It is a shame that for the sake of his parents, grandparents and his extended family that he didnt learn a lesson. Now he has left a grieiving family with the immense task of burying their son. Something NO parent should have to do. God be with you Charmaine and Freddy during this, no doubt most tragic and burdensome time.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Why are there so many mothers having to go through this.  These children just won't ………..

    RIP Dwayne

  10. Anonymous says:

    When  I came to this country almost 10 years ago one of the first families that extended the hand of friendship was the Cayasso family and in particular Dwayne to my son.  I am absolutely devastated by this loss.  I am in shock and I just cannot imagine what the parents must be going through.  The Lord said in His wisdom, blessed are those that mourn for they shall be comforted.  Dwayne is the same age as my child and I have no idea what I would do if I ever lost my child. 

    My prayers and condolences go to the family at this time.  May the Lord comfort you all in your time of grief. 


    Put it into perspective people.  It sounds bad to say but Dwayne was given a second chance when he walked away from an accident that caused the death of another ( a good friend none the less) because he was drinking. Then instead of being rehabilitated after his stint in prison he still chose to continue on the drink and drive path.  He should have been going around to schools to educate young teens about the dangers of drinking and driving.  Clearly he did not learn from his terrible mistake and put little to no value on life.  From what I read, he hadnt gotten back his licence yet after having it suspended so he shouldnt have been driving at all, much less be drinking too.  When are the young people going to realize that drinking and driving = death.   

    I know this is not going to be a popular post but I am just trying to let people see it from the other side of the token too.  It could have easily been the passenger (or another vehicle, pedestrian etc) that died in this accident too, not Mr. Cayasso himself.  So he would have two or more deaths on his hands because of his inability to control his urges to drink and drive.  

    With all that I have said, I would like to offer my condolences to his family. It is a sad occasion when parents have to mourn their children. I hope he is now in a better place.

    • Hezekiah says:

      Boy you are a piece oft works. Hope you are happy with your venting. May you be given the opportunity to say Lord forgive me when your time comes. Maybe someone will offer a long diatribe and no condolences.

      • Anonymous says:

        Gracious condolences were offered.

        The man made a statement and at the time of reading 176 agreed.

        It says something about how people feel.


        I am piece of work because I am speaking the truth???? that is laughable at best. How many people have lost their lives innocently here in the past couple of years because of drunk drivers? e.g. Did Mr. Richard Martin (killed last month) deserve to die, by all accounts he was a productive citizen and the list of innocents goes on.  

        If you cant take the heat stay out of the kitchen.  I know if I had been given a chance like Dwayne was  a few years ago I would have tried to change my life around to serve the Lord and also the people here through my testimony.  Oh and I did send my condolences at the end of my "venting".  God bless you child is all I will say to you.  

      • Anonymous says:

        I thought the post was well written.  It discussed the 'elephant in the room' it was not offensive, just real.  A life lost for the second time involving the same person.  It is about a tragedy that could easily be avoided if one pays attention to lifes lessons.  This young man unintentionally previously took the life of another, and then while breaking the law designed to protect him and others lost his own life.  It is very sad that we can do nothing but offercondolences.

      • Anonymous says:

        A piece oft works. Indeed it does.

        Grow up and stop being so sanctimonious.

    • suga says:

      maybe our rehabilitaion system failed him – maybe this is just life – maybe you should have pointed out all these facts then and not now – let the child rest in peace and gods grace cover his family – be careful or your words the world is round!

  12. Anonymous says:

    If he was banned in 2008 for 5 years, why was we driving at all ?

    • Anonymous says:

      READ before you go making comments, Read it again…….

      • Anonymous says:

        I'll clarify this.

        Cayasso was BANNED from driving for FIVE years and sentenced to TWO years in prison in January 2008 WHICH WAS SUSPENDED! The court of appeal OVERTURNED the suspension later that year and ordered that he go to jail for ONE year.

        Everyone damns the courts when they think the sentences are too tough and then damn them when they're too lenient.

        Where do you place the blame in this case?

        If the original sentence and driving ban had not been suspended this would not have happened in 2011.





          Anon 12/31/2011 0053.  

          If YOU read it carefully you will see that the term of imprisonment of 2 years was the only thing that was suspended (not the disqualification).  When the court of appeal gave him 1 year imprisonment that was as a substitute for the suspended term of imprisonment NOT THE DISQUALIFICATION that you seem to think was included in their ruling.  


          The CICA did not mention the disqualification in their ruling because it was not a ground of appeal as presented by the Crown (i.e  the Crown thought it was reasonable enough that he be disqualified for the 5 years).  Nor did the defence team make an appeal of its own to say that it was excessively harsh to disqualify him for that period.   Personally, I have never heard of any case where drink, speed and death were involved and the defendant was not disqualified from driving.  I doubt the CICA would just randomly start that practice.


          Hope that clarifies it a bit for you.  This is just such a tragic case, I wish he had only learnt his lesson the first time around.  He could have been such an asset to this community.

        • Trolley Dolly says:

          If he had not appealed a sensible sentence he would not have died either.

        • Anonymous says:

          the driving suspension was not suspended.

    • noname says:

      Because he lived in Grand Cayman. Laws in Cayman for Caymanians are more like guidlines.  Breaking the law is OK as long as you don't get caught.  Again and Again I mean.  Even then they send you back to your room (in northward) until they run out of room.


      • Anonymous says:

        Anon 1808 tell me where the same does not apply in other parts of the world. You are another that seems to enjoy taking shots at caymanians. This is going on around the world. It does not make it right but I would venture to say that your own people do it back home.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Charmaine, Freddie, Lana, Larry and all the family may you find comfort in knowing that you have many friends who share in your grief and who are saddened by this terrible tragedy. May God comfort you at this time and may his soul RIP.

  14. Anonymous says:

    RIP Cuz  ;-(

    • Pitta Patta says:

      Why on earth would 5 idiots put a thumbs down to a "R.I.P. Cuz" comment? Sometimes I just have to wonder in disgust at the mentality & stupidity of a few. All I can say to those 5 foolish idiots is GO TO HELL! Someone died here, & the comment is one of condolences! Those 5 are truly amazing XXXXX!

      • Anonymous says:

        And yet you condemn them to hell. 

      • Anonymous says:

        I honestly think its a glitch of some kind. Lots of times I log into a CNS story and my computer shows me that I have 'thumbed up' or 'thumbed down' or 'lol' -ed random comments on articles —which I did not —-


        there have been many instances of people feeling upset by mysterious 'thumbs down' …it may just be a glitch or a mistake, so please dont feel bad


        CNS: The votes are limited by IP address not computer. So if your computer shows that you have already voted it means that someone else at the same IP address (same network, modem, etc), whether you are at home or at work, has already voted. 

  15. Anonymous says:

    When will we learn… Life is here and then poof its gone… 

  16. Anonymous says:

    RIP Dwyane. My prayers and thoughts are with the family at this difficult time.

  17. Fishn Buddy says:

    My sympathies to Freddy, Lana and Larry during this difficult time. Also to his mother and extended family and friends. May god comfort you during this difficult time.


    RIP Dwayne

  18. Anonymous says:

    RIP Dwayne.  My heart and prayers go out to Dwayne's family.

    • Pitta Patta says:

      It appears to be the same 4 or 5 idiots that are giving thumbs down to comments of sympathy. I just do not understand the stupidity & ignorance of a few. Why put thumbs down to a comment of sympathy? Is there something wrong with posting a comment of sympathy? I think there is something real wrong with the heads of those 5 idiots! They can rot in hell. I wonder if they would put thumbs down to a sympathy comment if it was a member of their family? But being such idiots as they are I am of the opinion that they would put thumbs down to a sympathy comment even to their own family. How stupid, nasty & insensitive can a person be? WOW!

      • Anonymous says:

        Perhaps they are the family of the person he killed with his recklessness in 2008, and from which he obvioulsy did not learn? 


      • Anonymous says:

        Pitta Patta: You should know by now that there are those who post a "thumbs-down" whatever the subject. You could write something like, 'hurricanes happen in the Caribbean'  and there will always be that lone "thumbs-down'. Get used to it!  Someone's bored, that's all.

      • Anonymous says:

        Perhaps its because this stupid and insensitive idiot (he himself fits this bill) killed a person, almost killed himself twice, almost killed another person, and finally could have also killed ANYONE that has driven or been driven on the roads of Cayman while he was driving.  Its called self defense.

        Unless you live in the same selfish frame of mind its sad but understandable.  Condolences to his family and friends for their loss but he is responsible for HIS past actions still. Same as all the many terrible drivers who put anyoneelse on the roads of Cayman at risk of being killed.

      • Anonymous says:

        insenstive, nasty and stupid? you gather this all by a "thumbs down"? Hey yes sympathy to the family but better the STUPID DRUNK driver dead that got a 2nd chance than an innocent life taken, if could have been a child dead! so get over the thumbs down and get back to reality!! 

  19. Anonymous says:

    By far 2011 has been one of the worst on record as far as young people get killed in horrible ways!

    I hope and pray that 2012 will be much much better than this one was.  ;(

  20. Anonymous says:

    rip dwaynie. you should have slowed down, i would have liked to hang again. 

  21. Anonymous says:

    rip dwayne. you should have slowed down. 

  22. Anonymous says:

    Rest in Peace cuz,

    We love you and will miss you dearly.

    You will forever be in our hearts.

    Love always

  23. Anonymous says:

    May your soul now rest in peace.

    Love Your Cousin



  24. Anonymous says:

    He was 26 years old