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DVDL Worker Crashes Car During Inspection

GEORGE TOWN, Grand Cayman (CNS) -- A vehicle inspector with the Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing (DVDL) is under investigation by the police and his employers after he smashed a client’s car into a light pole, which then hit another vehicle, when he was testing a 1996 Toyota Supra for inspection.

Police said they received the report of the smash at around 1pm Monday afternoon on Crewe Road, not far from the main vehicle licensing office. The DVDL worker was taken to the hospital but he has not been arrested.

DVDL Director David Dixon said that the employee has been released from the hospital after treatment for minor injuries and is now on sick leave. He said the matter was under police investigation but his department would also be looking into what happened.

“As in every incident where a staff member is involved, the management of DVDL will conduct its own internal enquiry,” he said. Noting that the traffic law allows appointed inspectors to test drive vehicles for inspection for a certificate of road-worthiness and compliance, he said that staff had been road testing cars since 1963.

However, it is understood that the private car was extensively damaged and its owner had been hoping to sell the car. The driver of the second damaged vehicle, an SUV that was struck by the light pole, said she had given evidence to the police that the DVDL driver appeared to have taken the Toyota for a “joy ride”.

“He was zig-zagging at high speed in and out of the lanes and lost complete control of the vehicle,” the driver of the SUV said. “I was driving out of town, heard him rev right behind me, and I saw him swerve at top speed and jump in front of me. He crashed into the median, rode up the light pole and I swerved away from his car to avoid any further contact.”

Despite her best efforts to avoid being hit, the light pole crashed down on to her SUV, smashing the windscreen and leaving it unusable until it is repaired. She said she was unsure about where she stands regarding compensation.

Police are asking anyone with information to call the Traffic Management Unit at 649-6254. Anonymous tips can be provided via the Miami-based call centre of Crime Stoppers at 800-8477(TIPS), or online here.