Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Cayman Islands: Canadian Pedestrian, 66, Sustains Mass Trauma Injuries After Being Hit by Intoxicated Driver

Dan Marce, 66, a Canadian from Saskatchewan, sustained multiple head injuries and fractures om Friday night (February 8) at approximately 2230 hours after reportedly being hit by an intoxicated driver. At the time, Mr. Marce was visiting the Caymans with family and friends.

Tragically, the victim was hit on West Bay Road near the Lone Star Bar & Grill. Subsequently, Mr. Marce was medically evacuated by air ambulance to Miami. His injuries included  chest, arm, leg, rib, jaw and fractures

COMMENT: Our prayers go out to Mr. Marce and his family and hope that he fully recovers.

A female motorist was arrested on "suspicion of DUI" and was subsequently released on bail while the police investigate the accident.

Although news accounts don't clarify whether the driver who hit Mr. Marce was administered a breathalyzer test or subjected to a blood test to determine her blood alcohol level at the time of the accident, such tests should have been administered.

As I point out in my book, STAYING SAFE ABROAD: TRAVELING, WORKING AND LIVING IN A POST-9/11 WORLD, "...automobile accidents are one of the most frequently occurring emergencies that many tourists and travelers face, which is why I always urge everyone to subscribe to international medical treatment and evacuation coverage before leaving home...Without such coverage, travelers may be denied treatment or face cost-prohibitive treatment and evacuation costs."

We will follow-up on this case and update the report as new information becomes available.