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Drunken Blog Writer Plows Vehicle Into Oncoming Traffic In Gallows Bay

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      ARRESTED: Saskia Corke

CHRISTIANSTED – Police said that a drunken 26-year-old St. Croix blog writer is responsible for a three-ambulance accident that took place Sunday night in Gallows Bay.

Saskia K. Corke, a UVI and St. Croix Educational Complex graduate, was headed towards Christiansted on the East End Road when she crashed her Nissan Altima into another vehicle about 8:21 p.m. on Sunday near Premier Wines and Spirits.

Eyewitnesses told the Virgin Islands Free Press Sunday night that three ambulances were called to the scene. Official police reports only said that Corke was not injured in the two-car accident.

Police said that Corke was transported by ambulance to the Juan Luis Hospital and Medical Center to be treated for the injuries she sustained in the collision.

Corke was arrested and charged with driving under the influence (DUI), according to police.

Police said that Corke was going West when her vehicle crossed over into the eastbound lane of the road and plowed her vehicle into the Honda.

Eyewitnesses on the scene told the Virgin Islands Free Press Sunday night that three ambulances reported to the scene to assist the injured.

Police did not say how many people were in the Honda vehicle that was struck by the Nissan. But an eyewitness told the Virgin Islands Free Press that it was a motorcycle.

According to published reports, the St. George Village Botanical Garden hired Corke as their “educational director” in January of 2012 to teach workshops to children and their parents about the environment.

On one of her blog sites, Corke stated that she does not like to sleep at night.

Corke’s Tumblr site said that she is a 2006 graduate of the St. Croix Educational Complex and earned a degree in biological sciences from the University of the Virgin Islands in 2009.

Facebook and other social media reports said that Corke is also a volunteer with the Caribbean Community Theater (CCT) on St. Croix who has lived in New York and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

In other accident news, police said that the 911 Emergency Call Center got a report of a single vehicular accident at 8:27 a.m. Monday that had taken place on the Melvin H. Evans Highway, in the vicinity of Estate Good Hope.

According to the preliminary investigation report, the operator of a Kia Sorrento, was traveling west on the highway when she lost control of her vehicle.

The vehicle flipped, causing the driver and her daughter to be ejected from the vehicle onto the highway.

The two were transported to the Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center for injuries sustained in the accident.

The extent of their injuries is unknown at this time and the incident is under active investigation by the Traffic Investigation Bureau, according to police.

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PARTY GIRL: Saskia Corke poses with a friend.

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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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