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50-Year-Old Man Walking Onto The Highway Is Struck And Killed By Passing Vehicle


FREDERIKSTED – A 50-year-old man who walked onto the highway was struck by a passing vehicle and killed Wednesday night.

The 911 Emergency Call Center alerted police about 6:52 p.m. on Wednesday that there had been an auto incident involving a pedestrian on the Melvin Evans Highway near Williams Delight.

The man, later identified as Juan Matias of Williams Delight, sustained multiple injuries including a bruise on the left knee and gash to the left side of his head, after being struck by a vehicle traveling westbound on the highway.

At approximately 9:55 p.m. Matias succumbed to his injuries at the Juan Luis Hospital and was pronounced dead.

Police said the incident is “still pending” further investigation.

If you have any information about the accident please call 911, or the anonymous tip service Crime Stoppers USVI at 1-800-222-(TIPS) 8477 or go to

Melvin Evans Highway

Williams Delight intersection of Melvin Evans Highway.

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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