Visitor arrested in road death

| 17/05/2011

(CNS): A 64-year-old man who was visiting the island on vaction from from Ohio, USA, has been arrested following the death of his wife one week after a road collision in West Bay. Police said that they were informed that the woman, who was in the front passenger seat during the smash and who was also 64 years old, had died in hospital yesterday. Officers subsequently detained her husband at Owen Roberts International Airport, in George Town, and then arrested the visitor on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving this morning (Tuesday 17 May).

The road smash occurred at about 9.45pm on Tuesday, 10 May, when two vehicles collided in the area of Jubilee Lane, off Batabano Road, West Bay.

Police said that a report was made at the time that a black Chevrolet Colorado being driven by a 23-year-old local man was struck by an oncoming Suzuki Liana. Although the local driver was not hurt, the driver of the Suzuki, a 64-year-old man, sustained a laceration to his shin, as did his male back seat passenger (aged 58).

The driver’s wife, who was traveling in the front passenger seat of the car, complained of head and back pain following the crash and was then taken to the Cayman Islands Hospital, George Town, where she was admitted for observations.

The woman, who was visiting the Cayman Islands on vacation with her husband, died Monday, 16 May, hospital staff reported, but the extent of the woman's injuries or the reason for her death almost one week after the incident are not clear. Police have not yet revealed the circumstances that have led them to arrest her husband, who it isunderstood currently remains in custody.

Anyone who was in the area and witnessed the crash last Tuesday is asked to contact Inspector Adrian Barnett of the RCIPS Traffic Management Department on 946-6254.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Maybe this is one more reason tourists shouldnt be allowed to drive on the roads. They are always causing problems due to being unfamiliar with the roads and the vehicles. Not allowing driving would also increase the amount of money spent on taxi and buses around the island and thus increase revenue.

    • NJ2Cay says:

      This is really a one sided statement, I spend quite a bit of time on Island and have personally witnessed bad driving habits from Tourists as well as Locals. There’s been multiple occasions when I’ve had to veer out of the way of someone driving on the wrong side of the road will trying to overtake someone driving the speed limit on Seaview Road or crossing lanes on a roundabout just to get pass the car in front of them and I see this from both Yellow and White Tags. From my experience most of the tourists seem to drive slowly and more cautiously because they are not used to the roads, while this seems to aggravate locals who are always trying to overtake them. I do admit that I have seen Tourist flying down Seaview road like they own the road and some driving on the wrong side. But in my opinion there are both Tourists and Locals that have bad driving habits making the roads dangerous for people that prefer to drive safely. So don’t go blaming tourists for everything……

      Cayman roads are still way safer than US roads and highways where the speed limit is 65 Miles an hour with most folks driving 80 MPH….

  2. Anonymous says:

    If all you had to pay to write on CNS, if bet, Caymanan would be a nicer place to live.  Less verbal wars.  None of you know what took place. The police is doing thier job. I am sure that in the United States the same procedures would be carried out.  The police is dam if they  do and they are damned if they dont.  Leave them alone let them do what they have to do.  I honestly sympathise with the man, and moreso the loosing of his precious wife. But if it was a local, this would be the procedure so stop wasting readers time. 

  3. Jesuson a Surfboard says:

    The US will be closely monitoring this one.  The MLAs and the backbenchers had better be there in the back row of this trial to ensure "justice is done."

    • Anonymous says:

      Oooooh. If this is deemed worthy for the US to monitor it really should have no impact at all on the proceedings. Americans are not entitled to preferential treatment. I would expect that the U.S. would respect our legal proceedings.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Interesting how when a foreigner is being charged with a crime so many rush to his defence saying that he has received punishment enough, that the police did not act properly, that the hospital did not act properly etc., or distracting attention way by a description of another kind of criminal.

    • Cayman commonsense says:

      It must be because it is So rare they commit crimes here.

      Just look at the nationalities of those at northward

      • Anonymous says:

        I suspected that that was the anti-Caymanian sentiment at play. Thanks for confirming it.

        First, the population at Northward reflects only those CONVICTED of crimes, and even amongst those foreign prisoners are released earlier than Caymanian prisoners. It does not take account of the many unsolved crimes. Second, the population at Northward does not at all reflect that it is "rare" for foreigners to be convicted of crimes.  

        • Anonymous says:

          well yes, you are absolutely correct.  for those ignoramuses who don't know any better, the northward population is evenly split among the many nationalities living in the cayman islands.  just yesterday i went to visit my slovenian brother who was cooling off in your hospitable northward hotel… lo and behold, who should i run into but that swedish bank robber who had been terrorizing the citizenry.  alas, since i could not speak swedish, i asked the austrian overstayer to translate.  he in turn asked the danish youngster who was in for driving without insurance to give it a go, but he deferred to the single local man, who of course was innocent… 

          • Anonymous says:

            Slovenia, Sweden, Denmark and Austria. Apparently "foreigner" to you means white European. LOL. It goes without saying that you have a jaundiced view of the world. 

            There was nothing in your post to disprove anything I said in mine.  

    • NJ2Cay says:

      This has absolutely nothing to do with nationality. If he was arrested without proper cause while grieving the very recent loss of his wife to what may have been a tragic accident it would be sad if he was a Born Caymanian , Expat, Status holder or Tourist. All we would need is to understand what actually happened, more facts and the whole story. I think that would ease everyone’s confusion. 

      • Anonymous says:

        Who said it was without proper cause? This goes to my point: there appears to be assumption that there was not proper cause whereas in the case of Caymanian defendants guilt is often assumed.

        • Anonymous says:

          Perhaps it was because there may have been no evidence of him being under the influence of anything, which would make it illegal for him to be driving, much less in an accident.  if he had been under the influence i'm certain they would have arrested him before the time that they did.  but maybe because it was an accident caused maybe by bad judgment, or just simply lack of experience on our eff'ed up roads, maybe they arrested him now because of "manslaughter", but obviously they can not arrest him for that unless she died.. Durrrrrrr!!! why am i the only dumby that would think of that?

          • Anonymous says:

            What a confused post. You don't have to be under the influence of anything to be charged with vehicular manslaughter. If you cause death by careless or reckless driving it is a serious criminal offence.

        • NJ2Cay says:

          And again I’d say this has nothing to do with nationality. To restate my point I would have the same feelings If it were a Caymanian or anyone from anywhere. It sounds to me like you are hoping to see that this man did something illegal that caused the death of his wife just because he was not a Caymanian.  The point I was trying to make is that it seems strange that he was arrested a week after the accident, If he were drink driving he would have been arrested on the spot, if it was because of reckless driving I’d think it would have been mentioned. It just seems strange that the only part of the story was that he was arrested after her death. There’s plenty of people that visit Cayman and are not used to left side driving so accidents are understandably a high possibility. I never said it was without Cause, I merely stated that it would be sad if there was no cause and he was made to suffer more by being blamed for her death. If there was cause then so be it, he got what he deserved, but if there wasn’t it truly a sad story.

          Do not look at every situation or every comment by everyone as being Anti Caymanian or biased. Sometime people like to know that fact before casting the first stone.

          How would you feel if you got into an accident while driving and your wife was killed, and you were arrested for her death?  Accidents happen every day, you could be next. Either way I fell for what he must be going through and hopefully he isn’t found hanging in his cell.

          • Anonymous says:

            That is a very silly post. I am not "hoping" anything, although obviously if he has been arrested the police consider that he has done something illegal. What would make you believe the police would be likely to arrest without cause?

            My observation about the biassed behaviour of posters is accurate. 

        • The lone haranguer says:

          How do you get around with that huge chip on your shoulder, does it hurt all the time?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Was the Visitor "between 5' 7" and 5' 10", medium build, dark complexion, wearing a dark t-shirt and dark jeans pants with a white t-shirt covering his face"?

    If so, i'm glad they finally gothim because that guy has been causing alot of problems around Cayman!! DId they catch his accomplice too?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Something doesn't make sense about this –

  7. MonkeySee says:

    It's terribly sad that this tourist made a bad driving decision that cost him his wife.  That seems like punishment enough!  

    My condolences go out to the deceased woman's loved ones, including her husband!

    I question the arrest–if what he did was so bad as to require his arrest, then why wait? Especially when it seems evident no one expected her to pass on.  And why keep this situation so hush-hush?

    It's confusing understanding local police tactics and therefore….I will not ponder this any further!

    Sincere condolences to all involved.


  8. NJ2Cay says:

    Now there has got to be more to this story. I would hate to think the RCIPS would arrest an old man grieving the recent lost of his wife to a tragic accident without proper cause. It would be adding more sorry to his pain to get blamed for her death if it wasn’t actually his fault…Please give us more on this…

  9. Anonymous says:

    This is so sad, but the question come to mind:

    Why wasn't this lady airlifted to a hospital in the USA for treatment?

    • Anonymous says:

      Probably like many others who come her eon vacation, they didn't get travel insurance, thinking that their own medical insurance from home would cover any emergencies, which obviosuly it wouldn't.

      Without insurance the cost of an airlift to the USA is usually prohibitively expensive, like in the case of the other woman a few months back that made it on TV moaning about losing her life savings here by needing medical treatment. Again if she had paid 20 bucks for insurance she wouldn't be in that position.

      Whilst I am sorry for the family's loss. I like many others here are unwilling to pay more for my own insurance or by paying more through increased taxes and fees to cover the cost of airlifting and similar treatments for visitors who don't bother buying insurance.

      • Anon says:

        But the point is that Cayman only offers third world medical care.

        • Anonymous says:

          I am sure you intend that as an insult but obviously it would be impossible for Cayman to offer the level of care you would receive in a major city hospital. 

      • Umm... says:

        Are you sure your insurance covers the cost of the air lift?  Only I live here and pay a couple hundred bucks a month and mine don't. 

    • Swine says:

      Exactly, perhaps she would have survived if that was the case…..

    • Anonymous says:

      Something is missingfrom this story, one week ago the patient should have been airlifted off Island.  My prayers go out to the the family of this lady it has to be hard on them having a family member die away from home.  Can't understand why the husband was stopped at the airport.and not charged before this time if ut was his fault.  God be with the family and friends of this lady.