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Jerome Matthew Drives Into Concrete Utility Pole Near Griffith Park And Dies

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 Downtown near Emile Griffith Park

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A 51-year-old St. Thomas man lost control of the truck he was driving and became the fourth person to die in a road accident in the territory in five days, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD).

Police said that Jerome Matthew was driving a white pickup truck east on Veteran’s Drive near Emile Griffith Park when he vehicle veered off the road and struck a concrete support structure for a utility pole.

When police arrived on the scene they found an unresponsive Matthew slouched over in the driver’s seat of his truck, VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte said.

The 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched police to the area of the accident about 12:02 a.m. Friday, Dratte said.

Matthew was transported to the Schneider Regional Medical Center by ambulance where he died from his injuries at 12:58 a.m., according to police.

A preliminary police investigation has not yet determined how it was that Matthew struck the utility pole on the eastern side of Veteran’s Drive.

The matter has been turned over to the traffic Division for further investigation.

Two people died in traffic accidents on St. Croix on Monday and one person died on Little Princess Road on Wednesday.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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