Fatal accident in East End

| 31/10/2009

(CNS): Updated (Saturday 11:50 am)The young man killed in a fatal crash in the early hours of Saturday morning was 20-year-old Reuben Forbes the brother of Cayman’s elite hurdling athlete Ronald Forbes. Police confirmed Saturday that the driver of a vehicle had been pronounced dead at the CI hospital after an accident in East End. The vehicle which Forbes was driving veered off the road in the vicinity of Lover’s Wall, into a ditch at around 2:00 am. Two other passengers are both receiving treatment at the hospital, authorities said, and although serious thay are not beleived to be life threatening.This is the third fatal accident on Cayman’s roads this year and police say an investigation into how the crash happened is underway.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Reuben was such a humble person. Although we didn’t speak much his presence was one you couldn’t help but to admire. Although quiet, it was obvious he had his head on his shoulders. We went to school together and this is the first time I’ve experienced a death of a friend of mine, although not close. It was all so surreal when i first heard about the accident, just the other night I saw you. I keep saying to myself its not fair at all, why you? A person with a brighgt future and good intentions. I’m not sure how your last moments went about but I’m positive you meant no harm. Keeping the two girls with you safe i bet was your number 1 priority for the night. God bless them as their lives were spared. Its unfortunate that God needed another angel too soon. Rest in peace, love and harmony. I know your smiling down at us, after all your in a better place<3

  2. Jaida A :'( says:

    Kris and the rest of the family i am SO sorry for your loss. Even though i didnt know him I can tell that u guys love him very much from your comments and that he was a good person. I hope you guys can get past this tragedy. My heart goes out to u all.

    Pace is thinking of you at this hard time we’ll help u get through it Kris. :/ Wish i Could take away your pain. Sorry. And dont listen to ANYTHING anyone else says just keep him in your heart and know he’ll be with u ALWAYS.

    You can make it through this, I’ll help.

  3. Anonymous says:

    We loost a loved one and she lost her beaty sleep. Imagen how the family feel and u complanieing bout sleep .



  4. Anonymous- SLH, to my Dou Boi for life says:

    You called me and we spoke earlier that night. I love you and care for you always. YOU ARE the most sweetest and gentleness person. I know you cared you showed me for my birthday. Im so grateful that you called that night even after we BBMSgd each other so much:) You mean so much to me. My continued deepest sympathys to the Forbes family. Every time i get down which is so often i know who i can always call cause that voice*oh that voice*there’ll only be twopeople who sounds like that. I pray for everyone, like he would say there’s good people out there yes, but there are a few not so nice people, but i appreciate knowing you Reuben, it makes me appreciate knowing you are a good person amongst others in this terrible world; and hearing your voice one last time a short while before means the world, and of course me knowing such a wonderful person as you, and you leaving just a little piece of you….i keep you near always and forever. I love you.


  5. "Unsolved Mysteries" says:

    My sincere condolonces to Rueben’s family.  Losing a loved one, can never be accepted no matter how hard we try.  Unfortunately this pathway of life, MUST be met by all; when we don’t know. I implore the family of this dearly departed to take comfort in God as He knows your pain and suffering.  You are not alone, He’s right there with you. 

    To his friends, I ask that you embrace the family and stand beside them as best as you can.  They need all the support you can offer.   

  6. Anonymous says:

    Firstly, condolences to the family, I can’t even imagine how you feel but all things happen for reason and hope God gives you the strength to be strong and carry on holding his memory close to your heart.

    To everyone else, I would like to ask everyone else to stop responding to the message on the sirens.  We all feel the same on that message and everyone knows how everyone feels so can we please not turn this into an argurment thread and just pay our respects.

  7. Anonymous says:

    My Condolenes go out to the Forbes family May God Bless and Comfort you at this time. My family and I will keep you in our prayers.

    To the young men please, please take care when driving. To the Girls  and their families we will also keep you in our prayers. God has spared you girls for a reason spend your time trying to find out what it is.

    To the person who was anoyed with the Sirens, I say when you posted that message you must have been still asleep. I will also keep you in my prayers that you never need the Police our Ambulance at 2 or 3 am.

    God bless us all.

  8. Breastfriend says:

    Kris, I agree with you. We have lost someone special, he was and will always been your brother and he will always be my cousin.

    Rueben was no harm to anyone, he was a well respectful young man and he will be truly miss.

    But for that rude person if i knew you i would have slap the f@#K out of you. You are disrespectful so what if the ambulance was making sooo much noise, it cross my house too and if i knew then that it was cousin, i would have been there at the hospital before the ambulance, but you do not have nothing positive to say, so i advise you save your breath before you get slap.


    Rue Rue my cuz Rest in Peace, you will always be in heart. To kristen, Ronald i’m here for you guys and for Karen and ronnie too. Love you all

  9. Anonymous says:

    Condolences to the family of Reuben. I have known Reuben from High School and his is an amazing person. Never gave any body any trouble, polite and caring. All of the days when we would laugh and talk in school about any given topic. He went too soon and we’ll miss him dearly to the bone and to the day we all meet again we love no matter what Reuben and we will never forget you. Always in our heart.  RIP Reuben ,Class of ’07.

  10. CW says:

    My condolences goes out to the family of the young man. I don’t know Reuben personally but I know a lot of people who knew him and have nothing but good to say about him. I never lost a love one suddenly but I know the feeling of losing someone. It’s very and again my heart goes out to the forbes family. It’s not easy but God will see you thru. R.I.P Reuben

  11. Anonymous says:

    Shame. He was a good man. I met him at GT Auto where he worked and he was always polite, patient and courteous. He will be missed.

    My condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.


  12. Anonymous says:

    My condolences to Reuben’s family and his co-workers who must be in shock this morning. I know his father and uncle and i met Reuben as a customer of GT Auto. He was always polite and caring, such a shame to lose a fine young man as Reuben.

    We hope the memories of him bring some comfort and we must all work together to generate new ideas to eliminate tragedy on our roads. More patrols, dummy cars, CCTV radar detectors, special cars for those under 25, etc.


    • Cayman have lost a great caring,respectful person, a young man that any adult would be hard put to find a bad thing to say about him, he was the type of young man that any parent would and should be proud of. One that some of these that are making problems for all of us should have known, he was an example, Reuben I know that your passing will make a big dent on this island, especially in North Side, someone like you dont come along too often, a shame that you didnt have the chance to show more people your potentials.

      As for the person that complained about the emergency team and the sirens, you evidently aint too smart, as every one any where in the world knows that the emergency vechicles have to have the sirens on, especially for people like you that ignores them when they come up on you when they are trying to do their job, shame on you, you need to do some deep thinking child.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Well, First of all I am a MOTHER, then I am a North Sider and my kids were friends with Rueben and they are friends with his other siblings and let me tell you if it was my kids that were hurt I hope and pray that the emergency vehicles wake up the Cayman Islands as a whole if that is what it takes to help or save them.

    FYI – Help: to save; rescue; to give or provide what is necessary to accomplish a task to satisfy a need: to assist.

    Emergency: a sudden, urgent, usually unexpected occurrence or occasion requiring immediate action.

    I know first hand how it feels to be in an accident and being hurt and it seems like forever before help comes, even if its just minutes.

    How can you be so selfish? Can you imagine what his PARENTS feels today to know that they lost one of their precious gifts? Imagine his brother and sister they have has lost their best friend, those kids are real close to each other. The district of NS has lost a good boy, he has never been in trouble, always willing to give anyone a helping hand.

     Imagine those girls, they knew that they could trust him to take care of them that’s why they chose to go with him. Rueben lost his life in that accident but i know within my heart he tried to save those girls from any hurt because that’s the type of person he was.

    I hope and pray that when the day comes that you need the emergency vehicles to help you that they give you the same treatment that they give everyone else, just so you can see first hand what it means to need HELP!

    My deepest sympathy to the Forbes family,all of Rueben’s friends and to anyone whos’ life Rueben may have touched no matter how small. Always remember this road we ALL are travelling on, we just don’t know when it’s our time to get off!




  14. [Rugrat] Baby Sis Kris says:

    Reuben , you was a good kid. Never meant harm with anyone. This going be a story on the islands with many endings to it but they shouldn’t talk what they dunno. I know what really happened . The choice you made was the right one but in the end clearly didn’t work. Reu , you was the tom to my jerry, the patrick to my spongebob , the partner in crime. Now I don’t have that .
    The Forbes Family would like to say thanks for your support through this hard time.
               By the way , if you think having sirens on while trying to save a life is wrong , please how babyish can you get. "Sorry darling, did I wake you up? I made this person die because you needed your beauty sleep. "

    Reuben  , We understand the fact that your gone but sure as hell know that your not forgotten . R.I.P

                                                          Baby Sis Kris 

    • Tisa says:

      I don’t know you but as one sister to another ( I lost my brother/best friend in January). I won’t tell you I know how you feel, cause we are all different, special and unique and that’s why when we lose someone it hurts so bad, because we know they can never be replaced. So all I will say is be strong, hold to your memories and each and everyday live and do things the way you know he’d want you to if he were still here. And really he will never be gone you’ll feel him in your heart and there  will be moments that you’ll even hear him cause from the things you’ve said you two were close ….. so there will be times when you’d know exactly what he’d say ! And as for people and their storys ……… well never mind them. Cherish yours !

    • Blessed Is He says:

      Bless you Reuben!


      Bless you Reuben,

      North Side/Cayman as a whole has lost one of it’s finist young men. Reuben your memory will live on, we’ll always keep you in our hearts. This young man lived his life with great respect / well mannered to all who knew him. To Reuben’s parents you both did an excellent job not just with Reuben but with all three kids you both did an outstanding job.

      This family is going through so much pain” they need our support not just today buy tomorrow and months to come maybe years as well. No matter how long it takes we as a community will be here for you all.

      Kris” I see your hurtingso much I want you to know your brother Reuben will be rewarded for all his great doings here on earth & one fine day you’ll see him again babes. He loved you so much, he’ll always be watching over you darling. Make your Reu proud by doing what’s right, always hold your head above water make something of yourslef & continue giving others the respect which your parents have given to you all. Hold his memories closed to your heart’ he wear yours in this life as well as the next . Please note” people will say things that aren’t true Kris’ just knowing your brother better than all of us on the out side ‘you’ll know what’s true and what’s not, take my advice when such nonsense arises do what’s right’ pray for those who has nothing better to do with their time and ask God to forgive them of their thoughts.

      The North Side Community is here for all of you’ like I said before the Forbes family / North Side / Cayman as a whole as lost a respectable young man’ Reuben made us all proud we’ll never ever forget him our prays are with you all. We ask God to bless this family & give you all some sort of comfort within him and this community as well.   

      To the other two families” may God bless you all’ and may these two well respected young ladies have a qiuck recovery also. Reuben loved these two young ladies, he always took such good care of them I know they both have lost a great family member their life won’t be the also.They loved Reuben too’they knew he only wanted what was best for them and now both of you needs to live on your lives making him proud as well’ stand strong ladies.

      We love you all,

      God blessl

    • olecuz says:

      Kris, you be proud of your bro, you knew him better than any of us, we all have special memories of him, and when we sit around the house and talk about him, I see the beam in your eyes, I  know that you are hurting and we all want you to know that you have a very good family relationship, your big bro is hurting too, so hold on to all the memories that you have baby, to your mom and dad, we all miss Reuben, and we are all here for you, keep the faith,  North Side have lost a young man that will be hard to replace, we love you Reuben,

    • Anonymous- SLH, to my Dou Boi for life says:

      Kris be strong. Reuben loved his family very much. He spoke to me hours before on BBMsgr and he called me after that. He IS loved. He loved and cared for me and i love and care for him. BIG hugs and kisses. Love you.

    • Anonymous- SLH, to my Dou Boi for life says:

      P.S.Pls email me soon. >shodgson@cwky.blackberry.net . Or i’ll speak to you on Ronald’s #. Take care,BIG hugs. Hon he did make the right decision ok. He did.

  15. class-mate says:

    R.I.P. Reuben.  you will be greatly missed. i cant believe i saw you just hours b4 you were taken away from this world. Although you were very quiet at times, you were also unforgetable. class of 07"

  16. Anonymous says:

    if a police officer or medic/firefighter is responding (and yes they do also 3am) a "quiet" road means nothing.

    dogs, people walking, someone on a bike, a car pulling out of a driveway etc.  – there is a good reason for lights&sirene for emergencys at any time! safety fist.

    what if (1 in a million) one of them  crashes into yourcar at 3 am?

    you prob would say "they where fast and i could not hear them because they

    just  had the lights on and no warning sirene when coming around the curve"….

    beside the fact that there is a law and insurance issues – use of "right of way" only with both lights&sirene.


    wake me up again and again if someone needs help !


  17. Anonymous says:

    The mentality of some people is just astounding.  Just remember there is no restriction on who requires emergency care.  This weekend it may be my family, next week it may be your time.  Once you’ve experienced that need and hold the expectation for EMTs to do all they can for you or your loved ones you’ll understand and not be so petty.

  18. Anonymous says:

    It is an EMERGENCY VEHICLE. Therefore, they are responding to an emergency.It is unfortunate that they’re are many ignorant people on the roads in these islands that don’t have any respect for the men and women in any of the emergency services that use lights and sirens. There are still drivers on the roads at all hours of the night. I am so sorry that you find it to be a performance of lights and sirens, when these men and women put there lives on the line day in and day out, 24/7 to respond to emergencies and provide emergency care to the people of these islands.

  19. Anonymous says:

    This is a tradgedy and my deepest sympathies go to his family and friends.

    BUT can someone please explain to me why the emergency vehicles (I presume an ambulance and a police car) had to travel along Shamrock Road at 2:20 and 2:50 am this morning with their sirens going non-stop? Surely lights alone would have been enough. Shamrock Road is deserted at that time of night.

    Then for those who may have missed it, they put on a repeat performance at 6:13 and 7:25 am.

    Putting this into perspective, it is trivial but something similar happens quite often.

    Is any guidance given to the crews?

    • Got rooster alarm says:

       When responding to a true emergency(1), all audible and visual warning devices will be operated at all times regardless of time of day and/or traffic conditions.All the public must understand that warning devices are not always effective in making other vehicle operators aware of your presence. Warning devices only request the right-of-way, they do not insure the right-of-way.


      (1)The definition of a true emergency is a situation in which there is a high probability of death or serious injury to an individual or significant property loss, and actions by an emergency vehicle driver may reduce the seriousness of the situation.

    • Anonymous says:

      One day you might be thanking the emergency services for their inconsiderate behaviour!

    • Knowledge is Power says:

      What’s your point? Can you guarantee that there will be no other vehicles on the roads at any given time?

    • Anonymous says:

      You must be kidding me. As you are fighting for your life in a car accident,
      would you rather that
      Emergency crews be considerate of people sleeping?
      Or to do everything they can to ensure
      That they get there in time to save your life?!?!
      I’m so sorry that you were waken up, precious. Thats why I don’t live on
      Shamrock drive.
      Some people really do astound me with their selfishness.
      Rest in peace, Reuben. We all love you and miss you terribly.

    • Anonymous says:

      "Putting this into perspective, it is trivial…." 

      You are so right and this definitely wasn’t the right time nor place for you to put forth your trivia.

    • Anonymous says:

      Shame on you. Shame. Shame. Shame.

      What are a few hours lost sleep compared to the loss of a son, brother, friend?

      I only hope you are never in need of help and buck up against someone with a selfish attitude like yours.

      I have lost loved ones, and trust me, the last thing you think about is the noise of the sirens.

      It’s a good thing for you that your post is anonymous – I wish I knew your name – you make me sick.

    • Anonymous says:

      Not being rude – but I honestly think that you cant be aCaymanian.  We have too much heart and feelings to make remarks like that.  Really and truly please think about what you wrote – kinda sounds coldhearted.  Check out why they put on their sirens before you make remarks like that.  My heartfelt symphathy to whole entire family.  May God comfort you in the way that only Him knows how to. 

      • cnsb says:

        you mean like too much heart and feelings just before you shoot down one of your own in cold blood?

    • Jaida A :'( says:

      I didnt think someone could be so coldhearted until i read this i mean U still have FAMILY to talk to, to hug kiss, someone to LOVE you at least i hope so because reading this response it dosent seem like you know how to care for anyone PUT YOURSELVES IN THERE POSITION. HOW WOULD U FEEL? Know i really know that people cannot care for ANYONE but themselves. i mean the sirens and police the are HELPING people if u wanted to sleep just skip flippin work god man and u actually wasted your time to come on this and COMPLAIN about the nose u really must have nothing better to do.

  20. ML says:

    My family and i would like to give our condolences to the family, our prayers are with you.

  21. JEB says:

    My condolences go out to the family of the young man, lean on GOD to get the strength that you all need at this very sad time.



  22. da wa ya get says:

    I’m so saddened by this. What a shock I woke up to this morning…

    My prayers are with all whose lives have been shaken by this tragedy.


    • Jim Reeves says:

      Isnt that a wrong name for sending condolences?

      • Anonymous says:

        Its only those who have been there that understands what its like tobe trapped in a car and hoping that help will get to you fast. You are there struggling to breathe, pains that you cant even move  and just saying to yourself that you cant go on any longer. Fast is not fast enough and in my situation it was  only God that performed a miracle. Every day I relive that helpless feeling  of thinking that in a few seconds I will be dead.  Its only in times like these that you  really appreciate the ambulance crew and the Firemen. Every time that I hear an ambulance I say a prayer and If i am on the road i quickly pull over because I realize that every second counts in saving a life. I would have made the fourth fatality , but thanks to God ,the Police, the Paramedics,and last but not least the firemen, and especially Fireman Whorms whose face was the first that I recall who was saying dont worry we are going to get you out. Again many thanks to all of you , and my sincere sympathy tho the  Forbes family.

      • da wa ya get says:

        You’re right, I should have changed my name but because I always post with this name it was automatic.

        P.S. My moniker has everthing to do with previous postings on political issues. It has nothing to do with Reuben or the horrible accident.