Man escapes serious injury after major smash

| 04/09/2010

(CNS): Police were forced to close the Esterley Tibbetts Highway last night (Saturday 3 September) after a one vehicle accident at about 11.46pm. A 38-year-old male was travelling south along the highway towards the Bank of Butterfield roundabout when he lost control of his vehicle, which collided with and knocked down two light poles before the vehicle overturned and came to rest on its top, just adjacent to the cement factory. Police said the driver of the vehicle, who was wearing his seat belt, escaped serious injury but he was trapped in the car and had to be removed by fire and medical staff. (Photos Dennie Warren Jr)

He was subsequently transported to the hospital. The road was closed to traffic for about 45 minutes due to the accident and police are now investigating the smash.

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  1. S. Stirrer says:

    This would never have happened if the minimum driving age was 39

  2. Marek says:

    Somebody has a good eye, indeed… the car is a Porsche Boxster… the plate 140-XXX would indicate that it is very recently registered.

    Porsche happens to be an amazingly strong car and the driver is very lucky. I saved the photo, enlarged it and rotated it to get a better look.

    It looks like the car went quite some distance on it’s side, the entire drivers side has damage from the front fender all the way to the rear of the car. One wheel is completely snapped off the rear axle… the airbag deployed which means front end impact.

    The driver is very lucky !!! The car however is … toast !!!


  3. Cayman Guy says:

    I say Thank God that the GOV decided a while back to put in those lightpoles which are hollow and designed to break off at the base in the event of impact! the force of the impact is transferred to the pole instead of remaining with car causing a softer impact than with the wooden ones which do not break easily. the concrete ones are also built to break which can save lives like this one ! At least this guy gets another chance instead of being another tradgedy! but it dosent seem to matter because no matter what the end result is we will always have something negative to say!!!

  4. anonymous says:

    That vehicle looks like it is one of those American Expensive car.  Luckily for the drive it was not one of those thin cans Honda or Japanese made cars or he would not have survived such a smash.  I guess to lick down two light poles that are quite a distance apart, it had to be excessive speed that caused this accident.  God sure was protecting you that night sir.

  5. Anonymous says:

    A light pole can be easily replaced, when a life cannot.  Accidents happens to anyone. I have been there and in a similar situation, it is a frightening experience, we can only thank God.

    • Cayman Parrot says:

      we can only thank God..

      for allowing the accident to happen in the first place? in other cases for killing innocent families in the car a drunk driver crashes into, with the Drunk driver surviving?

      Yes thank God

  6. Dr. Pepper says:

    It is hard to lose control of a vehicle at legal speeds.

    • Anonymous says:

      If an Elected Minister can "fall asleep" at the wheel, so can this person!

      I hope no alcohol level tests were taken as in the "falling asleep" at the wheel case of the Minister.

      Whats good for the goose is good for the gander and this person was "hard at work" at the "office" as was the Minister!

      Enough said!

    • Anonymous says:

      Actuallly it is quite easy when you’ve been drinking all evening or smoking the waccy baccy or even just texting somebody. But the road is fullof these idiots every night (and day).

  7. Right ya so says:

    which cement factory near the BoB roundabout??

    hopefully he will be made to pay for these light poles – just as i hope those that knocked down 2 on shamrock pay.

    • Anonymous says:

       Don’t know about Grand Cayman but in Brac you pay for those light poles.

  8. Anonymous says:

    OMG how fast was this driver going to collide with and knock down 2 light poles?

    My guess is high speed was the deciding factor in this accident.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I am pleased he will be OK. Now – with all these accidents I am noticing a lot of very expensive government  property being destroyed. I wonder. Are the Police/Authorities making these drivers and their insurance companies pay allthe costs of the repair and reinstatement of these two poles? –  or are we just going to add that expense (I guesstimate as probably more than 50K in this instance)  to the increasingly overburdened taxpayers of this country?

    Come to think of it, next time some idiot knocks down my garden wall, can the police/courts not automatically require him or her to pay for it to be fixed?

    • kman calbo says:

      All property damages can be claimed on by the property owner(s), they only need to file a claim to the insurance company, and provide copies of repair estimates. However if the driver is charged for DUI, the insurance company is only obligated by law to cover bodily injury or death.

      • Anonymous says:

        You may not have ever tried to institute civil court proceedings or even bring a contested insurance claim. It is much better for all if the crown, when they are before the court anyway, ask for compensation for any victims.