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Police Say Gertrude’s Anthony Gumbs Is A Suspect In Crash That Killed Two Tourists On A Moped

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FREDERIKSTED — Two tourists from Minnesota were killed in a collision Friday night when the moped they were on was rear-ended by a full-sized vehicle, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department and eyewitness accounts.

Edwin Miles Thornbury, 44, of Sauk Rapids, Minn. and 25-year-old Hannah Ruth Peterson, of St. Cloud, Minn. died of injuries sustained in a collision, according to VIPD spokesman Glenn Dratte.

According to a report filed today, Thornbury and Peterson were traveling west on Melvin Evans Highway on a motorbike around 8:15 p.m. when they were rear-ended by a vehicle, Dratte said.

Thornbury died at the scene. Peterson was taken to Juan Luis Hospital Emergency Room but later died from her injuries.

Dratte said the driver of the vehicle, Anthony M. Gumbs, 41, of St. Croix is a suspect in the fatalities.

Gumbs social media profile says that he attended the University of the Virgin Islands and was employed by Gertrude’s Restaurant.

“We lost a family member my brother was killed,” brother Gregory Thornbury wrote on Facebook. “Rip Edwin Thornbury you’ll be missed.”

Meanwhile the reaction from the public was swift on social media in the territory with many people on Facebook highly critical of the driver accused in the accident.

“Tailgating is a problem here,” Ray Bratcher said in the St. Croix Sync Tank, a Facebook group dedicated to real-time reactions to breaking news in the territory.

The incident remains under investigation by VIPD traffic investigators.

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John McCarthy

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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 50 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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