Woman dies from injuries

| 27/02/2009

(CNS): Update: Police have now named the 38-year-old woman who was struck by a car while crossing Shamrock Road near Grand Harbour five weeks ago. She was 32-year-old, Carol Romero, who resided in George Town, who has succumbed to her injuries and passed away in Honduras. The driver of the vehicle, a 38-year-old woman, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and is currently on police bail. The victim sustained serious injuries in the collision which occurred at around 7:25 pm on Wednesday, 21 January. She was taken to hospital and later flown off island for treatment.

Officers from the Traffic Management Unit who are investigating the collision are appealing for anyone who witnessed what happened to come forward. Anyone who saw what took place and has not yet spoken to a police officer is asked to contact PC Brian Jameson on 946-6254.

 

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Category: Headline News

Comments (13)

Trackback URL | Comments RSS Feed

  1. mdu says:

    Not EVERY Caymanian is covered to be airlifted off the island by the Government…families have to put up ALOT sometimes to get their loved ones lifted.

    WHYshould the Cayman Islands Government pay for EVERYONE in this island..if any of us go to a foreign country and become ill or injured..WE are responsible..not the COUNTRY we are in.

    It is an unfortunate reality that the insurance sometimes do not cover the needs of the insured..this go across the board….not only for expats but also for MANY CAYMANIANS…

    We need to stop finger pointing at expats vs. Caymanians..it gets us NOWHERE except we harbor anger and bitterness in our hearts towards our fellow people.

    We all live in this community together..spewing out hatred towards each other is useless.

    My condolances to the family of the young lady.

  2. Anonymous says:

    If the post about the refusal to provide health care is correct, then the failure of the Government to provide life-saving health care is a breach of the right to life enshrined Article 2 of the European Convention of Human Rights which binding on the Government.  The fact that this denial was made on a discriminatory basis makes the breach even more awful.  Let us hope that the HRC, if they are doing their job properly, pursue this issue vigorously before others die on the basis of their nationality.

  3. Richard Wadd says:

    I agree that there are MULTIPLE Tragedies in this sad case.

    First, the Tragic death (and suffering), of this sweet young lady.

    Secondly, the FAILURE of the Government (Agencies) to ensure that the Necessary levels of Safety were in place for pedestrians, at what is nothing less than another poorly concieved round-a-bout. Why do we insist on ‘Re-inventing the wheel’ when we ‘plan’ our road systems? Would it not be BETTER, CHEAPER, and SAFER to ‘Adopt’  the road construction technics that have proven themselves in other countries for decades?  

    Thirdly, why are we not taking advantage of the far Superior (and cheaper) Medical Services that can be had in Cuba? I am NOT saying that it would have made a difference in the outcome of this Tragedy, but in terms of the High Cost of Medical Care in other countries, and give Cuba’s VERY high standards of Medical Care, could it not be a ‘Win Win’ arrangement for all?

    My sinceerest condolences to the families of this very sweet young lady, she will truley be missed by those who knew her.

    Also, my prayers go out for the young lady who was driving. We must not forget that we are ALL human, all prone to making tragic mistakes. It could happened to any one of us at one point or the other in our lives.

  4. Anonymous says:

    This makes no sense to me…if a person is charged with DUI then their insurance is null and void. I understand the insurance company isn’t interested in covering this liability but the only person this is hurting is the victim.  Does one sue the driver in court at their expense for all of their damages, provided they survive?  Or someone sue the driver on behalf of the victim if they don’t?  What happens if the driver has nothing to get in a law suit?  Not only for a person walking but for all of us on the road that could be struck by a drunk driver.  I would like to be clear on this so that I am an informed driver and pedestrian.  I have heard a couple of things about this particular case that concern me.  While the young lady was in need of medical attention off island the insurance company of the driver was not interested in covering the expense.  Unfortunately, the victims own work plan had some limitations also.  I guess the fact that the driver was innocent until proven guilty created the controversy over who was to pay for this medical attention.  But for the grace of God go us all.  God bless that poor young lady.  I hope that people realize that drinking and driving don’t mix.

  5. Jahleb says:

     

    With the sudden tragedy of a very humble Filipino lady whom I know personally, we have a very serious problem here, and a serious problem usually needs a serious solution. We now have highways and more planned, but now panned because of capital (good thing.)
     
    Having highways are a benefit to motorist, but are hardzardous to pedestrians and cyclist, when we advance to highways we also have to advance in providing safe crossing for pedestrians which means having "Pedestrian overpasses" like it or not, don’t say we don’t want Cayman to look like Miami or a city, we are already both. How many more fatal vehicle-pedestrian knock-downs will happen before this solution has replaced this problem?…
     
    Drivers are quilty of road rage, our traffic is at a critical stage, but each day we just continue to turn another page. 
     
    May Jah bless her soul. 
     
    (TBC) To Be Continued. Joseph (Lebbie) Yates 

     

  6. Anonymous says:

    If we cannot name and shame child abusers I dont see this company naming or shaming any other criminal.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Cayman is too soft on drunk driving.  If the killer of this woman is proved to be over the limit then I agree that a lengthy jail sentence must be the only way to protect the honest people of Cayman from the risk of losing their lives because of the stupidity and selfishness of those who put their desire to drink before others’ safety. 

     

    • Anonymous says:

      Sadly this lady lost her life, not because of her injuries, but because there was no insurance to cover her evacuation to a Neurological Centre of Excellence where she would have been treated promptly and very probably survived. (This is what would have happened if she had been a Caymanian!)

      Let us be clear, this poor woman died because the Cayman Government will not increase the mandatory minimum insurance level for work permit holders, as the poor "impoverished" Caymanian permit holders can’t afford it and they don’t pay their employees enough to afford insurance themselves…..Indentured or Slave labour is all it is and they should be ashamed to call themselves Christians!

      They allow the Islands Insurers to decline cover for drink driving..however as all Caymanians would automatically be covered for Air evacuation they don’t actually care….this is discrimination against some of the most vulnerable in our society and the sad fact is that nobody in Government is going to do anything about it because it will lose them votes.

      What goes around comes around!….beware Cayman your day will come and I will have ZERO sympathy for you and your sinful past when you start dying for lack of funds.

      Get your act together and show the world that you are a caring, compassionate society before it is too late.

  8. bd says:

    In addition to naming the victim here, the police should change their policy and start naming (and shaming) the perpetrators. In this case it would be great for the community to know who is accused of this crime.

    It is high time the Government (hopefully the next one will) start taking this serious. Take DUI out of the Traffic Law and criminalize it. It is a crime, and is seen as such in most countries, so why not ours? Maybe it will take the family of a prominent person or a politician to be taken out by a drunk driver before a stand is taken.

     

     

  9. Anonymous says:

    Innocent until proven guilty. Suspected of driving under the influence is all that has ever been said. How about we not condem the drive until we know the facts. My heart goes out to the victim and their family and also the driver and theirs. I would not want to feel what that driver is feeling right now.

     

  10. Anonymous says:

    The driver will most likely get away with it (as they always do) due to a combination of incompetance from the police force and the jury! Condolences to the family of the deceased.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Let us hope the drunk driver who killed an innocent person spends time in jail for their selfishness.

  12. Anonymous says:

    What a sad and horrible situation. Killing another human with an automobile is a horrible tragedy as well as a crime.