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Alabama Man Dies When The Moped He Was Driving Hits A Car Head-On

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James “Jamie” Jenks

CHRISTIANSTED – A 65-year-old Alabama man died when the moped he was driving collided with a motor vehicle on the East End of St. Croix Wednesday afternoon, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department. It is unfortunate circumstances like these that make you think about how important safety is while you are on the road. For your best interest, it would be beneficial to consider getting scooter insurance, seeing as anything can happen. Your safety should be your top priority, so it is best to be safe than sorry.

The 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched police to Miss Bea Road at 3:13 p.m. with a report of a vehicular accident on the East End Road, the VIPD said.

According to the report, a man later identified as James Jenks of Birmingham, Ala. was on a moped going East when he lost control of the motorbike and ran head-on into a motor vehicle going west.

Two of the passengers in the vehicle the moped struck were taken to the Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center by ambulance for treatment and observation. Jenk was taken as well.

The medical condition of the two passengers was unknown as of the writing of this article. But Jenk died after 11 p.m. Thursday, according to police.

The accident is under investigation by the VIPD’s Traffic Division, police said.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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