Tourist hit by car dies in Canadian hospital

| 14/02/2013

(CNS): Updated — The woman arrested on suspicion of DUI after hitting a pedestiran, who has since died as a result of his injuries, answered her bail and was questioned in connection with the matter but has not yet been charged, police have confirmed. At around 10:30pm on Friday, 8 February, the female driver of a white Toyota, hit a 66-year-old Canadian man, who was visiting Cayman with his family, as he tried to cross the West Bay Road by the Lone Star restaurant. According to the local press in the town of Regina in Canada, Dan Marce, who suffered multiple serious injuries when he was run down, had been transferred from Miami to the hospital in his home town, where he passed away on Wednesday. 

Police confirmed Thursday following the announcement of Marce's death that the woman remained on bail as investigations into the accident continued. An RCIPS spokesperson added that she had been interviewed and, pending completion of the investigation, a file would be submitted to the legal department for a ruling.

"Once the legal department has reviewed the file and the evidence gathered, they will advise on what, if any, charges should be laid against the driver," the RCIPS stated.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    NRA should maintain "Look Right" painted stencils curbside all along Seven Mile Beach – especially along the key crossing areas on the tourist strip.  Police, DOT, CITA and all stakeholders should be actively protecting our tourists and tourism product in any way they can.  What would be the cost of that?  $200?

  2. Anonymous says:

    My condolences go out to the family. As stated below we don’t know all the circumstance surrounding this accident. However this is not the fist pedestrian that has been injured and or died on SMB road.

    I personally believe that the speed limit needs be be reduced and pedestrian crossings should be addressed.

    I am not saying that the person who was driving was under the influence but we in Cayman Have a big problem with driving whilst intoxicanted and this issue also needs to be addressed by our Government by changing the drink limit from 0.1 (one of the highest in the world) to at least 0.06. To the cocommissioner of police.we need to get a traffic dept back to control the road safety.

  3. Anonymous says:

    if you want to improve road safety just arrest all the muppetts with the illegally tinted windows, exhaust mufflers…etc.

    • Anonymous says:

      And stop every green Honda civic and test it for everything.  No insurance ought to lead to impounding until insurance was in place.  That, of itself, would take half these idiots off the road.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Switch the speed limit of North Sound Rd and west bay rd.  It's asinine that the speed limit is 25 mph on NS Rd and 40 mph on west bay rd when there is clearly more pedestrain traffic on WB rd.

    • Anonymous says:

      It doesn't matter what spped signs are put up! It is evident that there a loads of ignorant,  selfish, and inconsierate drivers out there who do not care or obay any speed limit and ignore the traffic laws altogher.

       It is once again the case that laws and regulations are and will only be effective if enforced on a DAILY basis.

    • Caymanian by status says:

      The speed limit makes NO SENSE.  Change it NOW.  The yellow lights, road strips, and flashing yield near The Strand need to be added on SMB in at least five more spots.  Every quarter mile!!!

      This madness has to stop and who ever is in charge of that speed limit should hang their heads in shame today.

      XXXX, but we have to slow these fools down!

      Condolenes to the man's family and our sincere apologies for this tragic and avoidable death.

    • Anonymous says:

      Someone will correct me if I’m wrong here – I thought the traffic law was changed not too long ago and the speed limit along West Bay Road is now 25 mph, formerly 40 mph. But the 40 mph signs are still up…why haven’t they been switched out?

      • Anonymous says:

        They haven't switched out  the signs yet because the speed limit is still 40 mph.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Here is link to the story from Mr. Marce's hometown paper, including a picture of Mr. Marce and further background on his life.

    • Anonymous says:

      PLEASE visit this link if you would like to leave a message for Mr Marce’s family and friends.

  6. Anonymous says:

    My sincerest condolences to Mr. Marce's family and friends.  A senseless tradgedy that should have never happened.

  7. Anonymous says:

    My condolencesto the Marce family.


    To Everyone in Cayman, please drive more carefully and stop speeding. Does it matter that much if you arrive at your destination five minutes later?

  8. Anonymous says:

    How sad that this should happen here. Condolences to the family and I hope they received adequate support from our emergency services. I'm sure that they did. I do hope the long term planning for Cayman involves eventually closing this strip of WB road and sending traffic down the bypass. Having the country's busiest road right between the hotels and the bars and restaurants has created a deathtrap for pedestrians at night.

  9. M says:

    I am so sorry to hear of such a tragic event. My sincerest condolences to his family and love ones.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Condolences to the family and may God shelter you in his shadow. 

  11. Whodatis says:

    Very sad news.

    Deepest and sincerest condolences to his family and friends.


  12. Anonymous says:

    The NRA and Cayman Islands Government are the parties most at fault for this man's death. 

    When will you get in adequate measures for pedestrian crossing!!!!

    It boggles the mind that they could have let this go unresolved for so many years or that they ever hatched and agreed to a plan for 7MB, heart of our tourism, with no pedestrial crossings. 

    One crossing on the whole strip is obviously not nearly enough. 

    This man's family should sue the Goverment. Perhaps that will help them finally act and prevent more deaths in the future. 

    • Whodatis says:

      Respectfully, I do not believe that anyone is in a position to make such accusations and claims.

      We do not know the facts and details surrounding this unfortunate incident therefore, please refrain from making such reckless remarks.

      * For the record, I also believe that SMB needs some serious attention in regards to lighting, speed limits, pedestrian crossings, sidewalk levels, etc.

      • Anonymous says:

        Not only that, we don't even know if this man stepped out into the road. How can anyone avoid hitting someone who just steps out into the road, intoxicated or not intoxicated. I am not saying this is case but the fact is we just don't know so should stop talking about what we don't know!

        • Whodatis says:

          Very true.

          Many years ago a relative of mine actually hit and killed one of our tourists with their vehicle.

          They were very distraught over the situation and had to endure an arrest, investigation and court case. Thankfully, in the end justice was handed down and they were completely exonerated from any liability whatsoever.

          (This accident occured in an area of greater foot traffic and a lower speed limit than SMB.)

          Again, we do not know the details of this particular accident, but we all understand that visiting pedestrians unfamiliar with our road system, opposite flow of traffic, and possibly caught up in a "vacation-state-of-mind" may also play a role in some of these unfortunate incidents.

          Nevertheless, this is very sad news and his family should know that most of us take it to heart whenever one of our visitors are injured or killed in this way.

          Sympathy and condolonces to his loved ones.

          • Anonymous says:

            Since a tourist stepping out is a reasonably forseeable event, motorists in Cayman have a duty to drive slowly, even some amount below the speed limit, to comply with thier duty of care.

      • Anonymous says:

        get real!…just look at cig's pathetic attempts to install pedestrian crossing on west bay road over the last few years….

    • Anonymous says:

      Really? We don't even know the facts surrounding this, e.g. whether the driver was intoxicated and here you are calling for CIG to be sued. What an @ss.