Easter Monday Traffic Accident Causes Death Of One Man, Arrest of One St. Thomas Resident
CHARLOTTE AMALIE — VIPD’s Traffic Division was dispatched to an auto collision in Long Bay early this morning just past the former pump station where the road construction project is going on.
A female driver and male passenger were traveling west in a Red Nissan sedan and the other vehicle was a silver Toyota Yaris when the two cars collided about 1:41 a.m. today, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.
“One of the occupants of the Toyota Yaris succumb to his injuries on the scene,” VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte said. “The occupants in both vehicles were all treated for their injuries and released at the Roy Lester Schneider Regional Medical Center.”
The driver of the Toyota Yaris was identified as 29-year-old Bienvenido Gomez Morales, according to the VIPD.
Bienvenido Gomez Morales was arrested at 7:00 a.m. today, after being discharged from the SRMC Emergency Room, according to Dratte.
He was charged with vehicular homicide, negligent driving and failing to stay as far left as practical, the VIPD said.
Bail for Gomez Morales was set at $25,000 by order of the courts. Unable to post bail, he remanded to the custody of the Bureau of Corrections (BOC).
The dead man, 21-year-old Gilberto Yinior Baez Salas, was identified by next of kin, police said.
This accident is under active investigation by the VIPD’s Traffic Division Bureau.