Victims all survive major road smash

| 29/01/2013

(CNS):  Two drivers and three young passengers all escaped serious injury on Heroes Day during a major collision in Breakers. Police are now looking for witnesses to the two vehicle crash which happened at around 4.20pm Monday. A silver Honda Civic was travelling towards Bodden Town from East End when the driver lost control on a right bend and collided with a Chevrolet Optra travellingin the opposite direction. The driver of the Honda Civic a 32 year old male received injuries to his legs. The driver of the Chevrolet Optra, a 32 year old female and three passengers aged 15,11 and 8 all received minor injuries.

Emergency services attended the accident and although all parties were taken to the Cayman Islands hospital in George Town no one involved in the accident its facing life threatening injuries despite both vehicles receiving extensive damage.

Any witnesses to the accident are asked to contact the Bodden Town Police Station on 949 2220

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  1. Anonymous says:

    The maximum speed limit in Cayman is 50 miles per hour.


    How about forcing all cars to have agovernor on the throttle so that it is physically impossible to go faster than 50 miles per hour?


    The technology is inexpensive, reliable, and available.


    This way, where speed is concerned, all Cayman drivers would automatically become law abiding citizens.


    This would save lives and prevent a lot of injuries from accidents like the one in this article.

    • Anonymous says:

      The speed limit where this accident occurred is 30 mph… unless you know this driver was exceeding 50 mph, how would the governor on the throttle have assisted in this case?

      • Truthseeker says:

        I do not know that this driver was exceeding 50 MPH. 

        According to the report, he managed to lose control of his vehicle (on a gentle bend in a 30 MPH district). I drove that road a few hours earlier and there was no oil, nor ice on the road.

        He was driving a Honda Civic, famous chariots of the boy racers.

        Various witnesses report outrageous speeding on this section of road.

        The photos of the wreck look like there was a  high speed impact. 

        Perhaps he suffered major mechanical failure, causing loss of contol. I would have hoped that regular vehicle inspections reduced or removed that possibility. 

        Or, just perhaps, he was speeding?

        Based on the report, members of an innocent family travelling in the opposite direction are now nursing wounds. 

        If it were my family, I would want answers, and if appropriate, compensation. 






  2. Anonymous says:

    he is not 32 he is 28

  3. Anonymous says:

    Minor injuries?  Although not life threatening, I wouldn't describe these inuries as minor.  The lady driver with the children was quite badly injured, and I believe the lunatic in the civic who caused the accident has severe leg injuries.  Perhaps he'll tread a little more carefully on those pedals in future as reportedly he wasn't driving very sensibly or at the speed limit, and  has left an innocent family suffering.


  4. Anonymous says:

    I live out there & every weekend the little boy racers are up & down that main road. Yes laying down to drive boom boom blasting away.  Laying down to drive,  that in itself should be illegal & classed as an offence so they should be booked.  Never seen that type of driving till I came here. We were taught to drive sitting up so you have all round vision & control of your vehicle.

  5. Anonymous says:

    a civic..why am I not surpirsed?…. I can just imagine the  rims, the tinted windows, bucket seats….zzzzzzzzzzz

    time for the cops to crack down on all the muppetts that illegally pimp out their cars…..

    • Anonymous says:

      It's people like you that entertains the unecessary law making in Cayman. How about writing something more sensible and worth doing …like really everyone is free to do with their car as they will. The car isn't the issue. The driver is!

      • Anonymous says:

        Mostly correct, but not 100%-most civiv owners described in the first post, have their seats layed so far back that they cannot see properly, generally music blaring out at 300 decibels, one arm hanging out the window and usually on the phone or talking (shouting) to their friend sitting next to them. Plus tinted windows are illegal for a good reason. So whilst I agree the driver is the idiot in these cases, they still are not free to do what they will with a has to be legal.

      • Beach Bhoy says:

        But it is fair to say that drivers who seem to prefer old Civics do seem to end up in a disproportionate number of CNS car accident reports.  I recently saw a green Civic driving oddly down West Bay Road (I know, you think that is not unusual, but trust me it was ever weird for a green Civic on West Bay Road).  I did not pull out even thought there was time, because I did not want that car behind me.  Good job, because at the next set of lights it just keep on going into the back of stationary car.  Everyone in the Civic was obviously baked.

  6. Anonymous says:

    This is a perfect example of why we need to increase the funding, staff and vehicles that are a part of our emergency ambulance fleet. An accident like this, with 4+ individuals involved, no matter how small the injuries may be, will simply inundate a an ambulance service as small as ours.

    Think about it – if we have an accident anywhere on island involving 3 victims, that essentially means that all of our ambulances will be tied up with just one emergency call. What happens then, at a time such as this, if there is a call somewhere else on island. This is the exact definition of a mass casualty incident – where the incident in which our emergency medical services' resources, such as personnel and equipment, are overwhelmed by the number and severity of casualties.

    How safe do we feel on island when an accident concerning three pepople would essentially mean that our resources are overwhelmed. Something must be done to prevent this happening!

    • Anonymous says:

      Well said. How much would a staffed ambulance cost? About as much as the free gas from gas oh pumps? About as much as a years travel budget? About as much as an additional MLA? How many ambulances can you get if you did not want turtle meat for dinner? Or do you really need (my favorite) cable TV in every room at the new school?

      • Anonymous says:

        In 2005 the HSA purchased two new ambulances for CI$105,000 each.  Give some allowance for inflation over those years and just for the ambulance let's estimate CI$125,000. There may be some additional ongoing expense depending upon where the additional ambulance is based. 

        It requires about 9 full time equivalent employees to staff 24/7/365 when accounting for two crew per ambulance and the needed shift coverage.That takes into account vacation leave, sick leave, and training days etc…  Staffing cost is far and away the greater expense.  

        An analysis of call history might indicate that there might not be justification to staff an additional ambulance 24/7.  The ambulances are used to transport some medically fragile or bedridden patients on a non-emergency basis for medical appointments or testing primarily during weekday daytime hours.  


        • Anonymous says:

          I believe the poster above is on the right track when it was mentioned about cross-training.

          My father in the US is a fireman. He is also an EMT. The fire stations in his state have firetrucks AND ambulances. There are 2 persons on each crew of 5 that are trained EMTs so when there is a car accident where a fire truck is not necessary, 2 members of the crew will go out on the ambulance call. Then 2 more members of firemen are called in (voluntarily) for an hour or two of OT as needed (to cover the 2 that went out on the ambulance call in case a fire call comes in).

          That way, there are enough men to go out on an ambulance call and still cover the fire station. Each fire station should have their own ambulance as well as the other ambulances on island. This way, there are enough to go around. And if there are not alot of ambulance calls during a shift. then there is no one sitting around on the givernment's time and money.

          Just wondering why there are no ambulances at fire stations here in Cayman?

          • Anonymous says:

            It is just really ridiculous to think that we have a large enough police force and a fire service (who get the least amount of emergency calls per year of all three emergency services) and neither of them are cross-trained as EMT's.

            Cross training police officers and individuals in the fire service would not only allow for positions in the health service sector to be filled by qualified Caymanians (as opposed to expats who are brought in), but I personally know that there are Paramedics on the island who have gone to school and completed the instructor courses that allow them to train EMT's to the basic level. It is silly that our police and firemen/women are only trained to be first responders/first aiders.

            Set up a school, train our emergency servicemen and women and use that income to help fund our emergency services!

            • Anonymous says:

              I am so tired of people saying that the fire service have the least amount of emergency calls, as they are the back up for every other emergency service. When the ambulance is out of service in West Bay or North Side where do they station the EMTs (the fire station), when the EMTs need assistance at a call who goes (the fire service),  or when there is no ambulance available; when police need lights or have to go rescue someone, such as at Pedro who backs them up (fire service). I do agree though that government should have them trained as more than first responders since in some cases they are on the scene before the ambulance. And perosnally I would rather see them at the station then on a call. Just my two cents.

              • Anonymous says:

                Whether or not the fire service provides back up to the other emergency services doesnt matter – it's still a fact that the fire service gets fewer calls than the EMS and the police per annum. How do I know this? I work in the governmental information services and one of my tasks a year or so ago was to compile data on our emergency services and the number of calls recieved for each service per year in order to better determine funding and resourse allocation.

    • Anonymous says:

      Very true! Especially since the other emergency services on island (police and fire) are not cross trained as they would be in other countries. I'm not saying, by any means, that we should start following suit with the American way of doing things, but if we really only have 3 ambulances (and that is if they're all working, which I've heard can be rare) proper medical emergencies are left in the wind.