Cops arrest hit & run driver

| 27/08/2010

(CNS):  Updated Friday 3:30pm  – Police have arrested a 20 year old man on suspicion of leaving the scene of an accident, dangerous driving and driving whilst disqualified. The man was arrested in Bodden Town shortly before 3pm this afternoon in connection with the hit and run of cyclist last night. A woman who was riding a bicycle on Bodden Town Road by Pirates’ Cave was knocked down by a black car which failed to stop. Police said this morning (Friday) that the 37 year old female had suffered serious injuries but was in a stable condition. At around 7:50pm on Thursday 26 August the victim was riding her bike when she was hit by a vehicle which refused to stop, passers by told the 911 Communications center who dispatched police and Medical services to the accident. (Photos Dennie Warren Jr)

The woman was transported to the George Town Hospital where she is still being treated for her injuries which include abdominal and facial injuries as well as cuts to her forearm, head and knee and bruising. 

Following an extensive search the vehicle involved in the accident was subsequently located by operational staff last night with the help of the air support unit.

Investigations are continuing into this matter and police would like anyone who was in the area just before or when the accident occurred to call the Traffic office at 9466254, the George Town Police Station at 9494222, Bodden Town Police Station at 9472220 or Crime Stoppers at 800 8477.

Meanwhile, three women were involved in a one vehicle accident in George Town early Friday morning when the driver lost control of the car along North Church Street, near Bodden Road. At about 6.15 am on Friday 27 August the vehicle was travelling in a Northern direction when the accident occurred and the car ended up on its side The 3 passengers aged 50, 39 and 23 were attended by medicsand taken to the George Town Hospital where no injuries were reported.

 

 

 

 

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  1. Anonymous says:

    It’s great to hear that the helicopter was used to good effect in this incident. I think it is proving to be a valuable tool for the police in finding criminals.

    I just hope that the police have gathered their evidence properly so that the animal that drove over this lady is prosecuted. I sincerely hope that this will not be another case where the defendant walks free because of resonable doubt.

  2. Anonymous says:

    A who dat?

     

    Following an extensive search the vehicle involved in the accident was subsequently located by operational staff last night with the help of the air support unit.

    McKeeva can take another $5 (not 5%!) from my salary each month to keep that helicopter flying.

  3. Seriously? says:

    The moral compass on this Island leaves a lot to be desired!  I hope the woman recovers quickly and they find the loser that hit her. 

    Like other posters on here, I too have been knocked off my bike on numerous occasions and have now given up the sport.  I decided it’s not worth risking my life because someone is on their phone and/or leaning over the front seat to yell at their kids and/or simply just a bad driver.  There have been times when the motorist  in front of me overtakes a cyclist and they’re so close the cyclist may as well get in the front seat.  Why?  On 7MB there is no excuse.  There is a turning lane.  If the turning lane is clear, move over so you give the cyclist enough room.  You don’t have to go into oncoming traffic, you just have to know how big your car is and give enough room so that the cyclist has enough room if they need to swerve, for whatever reason.  Unfortunately most people think they’re driving hummers when they’re in fact driving a small Mitsubishi Pajero.

    I keep saying: "It’s not rocket science", but for some strange reason, on this Island, it really is. 

    Did motorists not ride bikes when they were younger?  Have they forgotten how much space a cyclist needs?  Same as for runners, why do motorists insist on passing within an inch of a runner?  What are you trying to prove?  There have been times when I’ve had to jump out of the way of a motorist because he isn’t moving over and if I don’t he’ll literally swipe me with his side mirror.  The best part is, there is no oncoming traffic.  It’s just plain ignorance and stupidity with these motorists.

    • Anonymous says:

      Its another Caribbean attitude Cayman has adopted. If you walk, you are the poorest of the bunch and to be scoffed at. If one rides a bicycle or takes the bus, he or she is not to be looked in the eye. If one rides a motorbike, it better be a fast one to obtain any semblance of respect. Now if one drives a fast car whose stereo is bigger than the engine, one can gain attention. To be seen and heard is all that matters. These are our values. If this fast loud car happens to injure one of the lesser people the driver, of dignity, has the self proclaimed right to try and get away with the deed. 

      • whodatis says:

        Sounds a lot like London to me.

        Has anyone dared ride a bicycle in that part of the world? Suicide mission.

        Hope the victim has a speedy and successful recovery … as for the driver – life has a funny way of catching us back, so don’t worry – yours is very much on its way.

        • Anonymous says:

          I hear you on that, but in recent years, with the cost of fuel being so ridiculously high, bicycle use has increased and dedicated bicycle lanes are being introduced in major cities and towns.  All the same I wouldn’t choose to bike it still! 

          As a pedestrian myself, what grieves me here is the lack of pavements/sidewalks so that those on foot aren’t constantly at risk of being knocked down either.

    • Joe Mamas says:

      The problem with Cayman islands is the sheer numbers of Ignorant and stupid people on the road and working for Government.  It is the strongest and biggest FORCE on island and getting bigger and stronger every day.

      Watch your back.  If your driving YOU ARE IN THE WAY!  If your not then you are prey!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Often in hit and run situations the person was drinking and leaves the scene because they don’t want the alcohol charge as well as the wreckless driving charge.

    There is clearly a hostility in many drivers on the road in Cayman these days. The tourists on the little motor scooters do not know how much danger they are in driving on the roads in Cayman.

    Hopefully this woman will make a full recovery but it is a horrible life experience. May the driver find the courage to turn themselves in, I won’t hold my breath.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I hope the lady have a speedy recovery. I agree with the point that riders have to be more careful and obey the rules of the road…but where does it say that drivers are to break the law by speeding and not watching the road. Speed Limits are there for a reason, thats why throughout Bodden Town the limit is 25.

    I find it a bit fustrating too driving that slow, but now you know why you need to.  Most homes in BT is so close to the road that I am surprised that nothing more has happened before now. That driver should turn him/herself in rather than have to live with such a burden on them for the rest of their lives. 

    Just remember with every action there is a reaction therefore, you should always obey the law to the best of your ability, if you dont want to stand up to your wrong doing.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I hope the cyclist recovers from this accident. Bodden town road through Bodden Town is very dangerous and I am amazed there have not been more accidents. It is challenging for two cars to pass eachother, not to mention if one is going around someone walking or a cyclist. the road has no area to get out of the way, and with all the large trucks and vehicles driving on it, it is even more dangerous. Bodden town has been overlooked by government in regards to traffic safety and it needs to be addressed! They can not widen the road to make room for sidewalks, but maybe with the bypass, a new traffic flow could be created. If it is possible , make Bodden Town Road one way (East) after Manse road. Having one lane traveling East and sidewalks on eachside. In bound traffic would take the by pass at the police station and connect to Shamrock, to continue into town. This is just one persons thought on this road, but it really needs to be addressed to protect the residents, tourists, cyclists and pedestrians of Bodden Town.

  7. Environmentalist says:

    Unbelieveable that someone could do such harm and not even bother to stop.  I hope the victim recovers. I still cannot believe the appalling driving that goes on here – people blatantly disregard speed signs, overtake when they shouldn’t and drive way to close to the cars in front.   There should be a way of reporting appalling driving by calling up a number and giving license plate numbers…. but I suppose that could be open to abuse too!  However, it may make people think twice before they drive so carelessly.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I hope the cyclist recovers from her injuries.  I have been cycling in Cayman for the last twenty years and been hit three times by careless drivers.  I ride on the right side and if and night lit up like a Christmas tree.  I will not stop riding my bike, it is an efficient way to travel and good exercise.  Cayman is flat and ideally suited for the bicycle. 

    Once a taxi knocked me off my bike and I could not believe the taxi driver said I ‘laid my bike down’.  I reported it to the police but they didn’t appear to want to do anything.

    The police need to do better getting the rogue cyclists on the right side

    Drivers need to respect cyclists as road users and learn to wait to pass if there is not enough room.  We are not a nuiscance we are a road user just like you.

    Cyclist on the wrong side at nights with no lights need to understand they are stupid and putting their own and other lives in danger.

    • Anonymous says:

      I wish the cyclist a full and speedy recovery.

      Whilst I agree with your post I would like to state, for clarity, that the correct side of the road for cyclists is the left hand side.

      • Anonymous says:

        Yep – bad choice of word.  I should have said left or correct

        • MataHari says:

          I know what you mean. 

          I was in a car accident, too.  But the police dismissed my complaint when I said I was in the ‘right’ lane (the correct lane I should have said). Also, turned out that the hitter was a friend of his, so there you go.

  9. Anonymous says:

    What kind of a person leaves another person  to lie on the road like a piece of discarded garbage or litter after running them down? How disgusting is that? It would be impossible that the automobile in question has not been damaged. We will see if any "good" citizen will speak up. Someone out there knows.

    Meanwhile fellow cyclist I wish you a complete recovery.

  10. Scoots McGee says:

    Drivers have little to no respect for cyclists or people that ride motor scooters.

    Too many morons with turbo charged Subaru’s that feel the need to endanger other people’s lives for no real reason.

    Slow down & pay attention!

    • Looky Ya says:

      Riders need to pay attention too. There’s something called a light, brightly coloured clothing and riding on the right side of the road.

    • Anonymous says:

      I agree with you about the bicyclists and hope the woman is recovered from her injuries soon. However, on the point of motor scooters I would have to disagree. I think a lot of people that ride scooters or motorcycles do not obey traffic laws. I don’t think you will find any law that allows for them to pass between you and another car just because they can. I have had motorcycles and scooters squeeze between my car and the car next to when I am stopped in traffic or approaching a roundabout. I have seen the RCIP witness this happening and turn a blind eye.

      • Anonymous says:

        Listen Buddy, this has nothing to with who is riding where and when or how. But you wouldn’t know about driving defensively would you! This is about someone being left to die on the side of the road, get it???? Get real man and address the real problem, act with patience and be ever on your guard when you are operating an automile. You have the potential to create one big lot of heartbreak, sorrow and pain. We’ve all witnessed what you describe. It makes for naught when someone is lying in the road with broken bones and their life blood is oozing out!

    • Anonymous says:

      While I do agree, I must say that a great number of Moped drivers completely disregard the law and other drivers. They just weave and bob all over the roads in any lane. They have become annoying little nats.

  11. A Concerned Young Caymanian Father says:

    I sincerely hope and pray that she’ll be ok and the physical injuries are minor and she recovers quickly. Hopefully whoever it was that was involved or someone who knows will speak to the Police.

    As a cyclist myself, I can say that cyclist in Cayman are not respected or considered when on these roads. Hopefully there will be more public awareness made so that motorist will start to respect cyclist more and pay more attention to them on the road.

    • Anonymous says:

      This was a horrible hit an run accident.  The car ran completely over the bicycle and the rider, extensive damages to bicycle and the rider looks pretty mashed up all over.  Its a horrible accident, and imagine the driver kept would not stop. 

    • Peter Davey says:

      I see both sides of the coin. I gave up cycling in Cayman years ago when I realized that a few murderous drivers in Cayman see cyclists as irritants, to be frightened by deliberate high speed close-shaves. One uncontrolled dog or pot-hole at the wrong moment, and you’re dead. And with motorists constantly on cell phones now, weaving about like drunks, cycling would seem almost suicidal, to me..

      As a driver, I have come frighteningly close to three accidents, situations caused by cyclists at night, on the wrong side of the road, with no lights, no reflectors and  black clothing. There’s insanity on four wheels as well as two. I’m surprised there arn’t more  accidents involving cyclists. I  sincerely hope the girl in this case is okay and her family doesn’t suffer to much in this awful situation.