U.S. Army Special Forces Sergeant Christopher Love ‘Accidentally’ Kills V.I. Daily News Photographer In Freak Road Accident
CHARGED WITH DUI AFTER FATAL ACCIDENT: Christopher Love
NORTH SHORE — A retired architect who works in Dubai has been charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI) after he lost control of the vehicle he was driving and his passenger was ejected and killed.
Police said that Christopher Love, 69, has been arrested on drunk driving-related charges after a fatal accident took place near the North Shore on Monday.
On March 12, 2017 at about 7:50 p.m., the police Traffic Division was dispatched by VITEMA Emergency Call Center 911 to an auto accident on the North Shore Road near Gentle Winds Condominiums within proximity to the historic Columbus Landing Site on St. Croix.
The driver, Love, was traveling from north to south when he lost control of his vehicle and turned over as it went over an embankment, the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) said.
The passenger, 68-year-old Rob Jones, a part-time Virgin Island Daily News photographer, was ejected out of the vehicle and died on the scene, according to the VIPD.
DIED IN ACCIDENT: Rob Jones a Virgin Islands Daily News photo stringer.
The driver 69-year-old Love was placed under arrest for DUI, police said, adding that Jones died about 7:55 p.m. on Sunday.
On social media, Love said he is the design director at Greenline Interiors of Dubai. He said that he is a former U.S. Army special forces sergeant.
Love said on Facebook that he is a “retired architect…..now a solo sailor somewhere in the Caribbean.”
The police log, examined directly by the Virgin Islands Free Press, indicates that Love was not only charged with DUI, but also with “negligent driving.”
Typically, a person who causes another person’s death due to the negligence of drinking while driving, would be considered for a charge of “vehicular homicide” when the passenger dies.
However, the VIPD would not say whether that charge obtains in this case.
In today’s paper, late to the news because the Virgin Islands Daily News does not publish on Sundays, the newspaper heaped praise on its “stringer”/freelance photographer Jones who would not have been paid basic human benefits such as health and dental insurance, but only paid money on a per photograph basis due to company policy.
“Rob also was fearless when it came to taking photographs,” Virgin Islands Daily News executive editor Gerry Yandel of Atlanta, Georgia said. “His talents will be missed.”
NOT SO ‘SPECIAL’ ANY MORE: Former U.S. Army special forces Sgt. Christopher Love, now a “design director” in the Middle East, has been charged on St. Croix with drunk driving after he lost control of the vehicle he was driving and his passenger Robert Jones, 68, was killed in the accident.