Eleventh death on roads

| 02/01/2009

(CNS): The police are continuing to investigate the crash which killed 26 year old Earl Lance Forbes, of John McLean Drive, East End on Tuesday, 30 December. Forbes became 11th person to die on Cayman’s roads in 2008 when his Toyota Supra flipped over by the roundabout at the new Prospect bypass near Lantern Pointe condos. Anyone who witnessed what happened but has not yet spoken to an officer should contact Inspector Derrick Elliott on 946-6254 or 916-3365.

An accountant with the immigration office Forbes was pronounced dead at the hospital while his female passenger who managed to escape the overturned vehicle escaped. The crash was reported in by an off duty constable at around 7am Tuesday who had and found Forbes unconscious inside the car when he stopped to check. Police believe the car was driving towards George Town when the driver may have lost control on the roundabout and swerved into a cement column overturning the Toyota as no other vehicles were involved.

There were a number of other reported incidents on the road on Tuesday morning including a crash in Lower valley which happened around 12.30am in Lower Valley when a man who was arrested for drink driving rammed into a light pole near the Agricultural Pavilion putting out lights throughout he eastern districts. Another driver hit a concrete wall in the Bodden Town area though there were no injuries, a truck turned over near the Red Bay roundabout but the driver was not hurt and on Crewe Road a work truck slid off the road near Palm Dale where a cracked fuel line caused a dangerous oil spill. Fire crews were called out to clean up the mess.

Forbes death brought the total of people killed to 11 as was the case in 2007. In 2006, 14 people died on Cayman roads. Compared to statistics compiled by the World Health Authority Cayman has one of the highest road death rates per capita in the world among  western nations.

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