November 24, 2020

SIXTH ROAD DEATH: Man arrested for DUI after fatal smash

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A man has died after a car crash on the Esterley Tibbetts Highway yesterday morning – the sixth road death this year.

Richard Martin, 52, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident close to the Lakeside Villas apartment complex.

Mr. Martin was originally from Pennsylvania, USA, but latterly had been resident on Grand Cayman.

The driver of the other car, a 31-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and driving under the influence.

He was yesterday in police custody waiting to be questioned over the accident.

The accident came less than 24 hours after the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service launched their Christmas campaign which emphasised  new traffic laws.

The road was closed for several hours following the collision at 12.30am on Wednesday morning.

Police accident reconstructionists were at the scene carrying out an investigation into the cause of the crash.

Yesterday a spokeswoman for the RCIPS said: “At approximately 12.30am on Wednesday 30 November 2011, there was a two vehicle collision in the vicinity of Lakeside Villas on the Esterley Tibbets Highway involving a Chevrolet Blazer and a Honda Logo.

“The 52-year-old driver of the Honda Logo was pronounced dead at the scene. A male passenger in the vehicle was transported to the Cayman Islands Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

“The 31-year-old driver of the Chevrolet Blazer and a female passenger were also transported to the CI Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

“The driver of the Blazer was later arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and driving under the influence. He remains in police custody while enquiries continue.

“RCIPS accident reconstructionists attended the scene and commenced investigations. The road was closed for several hours, but has now reopened.”

A postmortem examination was expected to be executed late yesterday.

The police said enquiries into the collision were ongoing.

 

 

 

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