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VIPD: 1 Dead,1 Injured When Car Overturns In DPW Construction Zone


CHRISTIANSTED — One teen-aged woman is dead and one was injured after the vehicle they were driving in overturned at a high rate of speed and hit a light pole. The area where the accident occurred is a stretch of road between Sion Farm and Peter’s Rest that is under construction by the Department of Public Works and that has remained open to through traffic during the construction phase.

The 911 Emergency Call Center reported at 4:00 a.m. today that a vehicle had overturned by Plaza Extra East Shopping Center, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD).

The vehicle was traveling from West to East at a high rate of speed, lost control and collided into a light pole in the parking lot of the Plaza Extra Shopping Center, the VIPD said.

Anyliah Fawkes, 19 years old of the Walter I. M. Hodge Pavilion in Frederiksted, the driver died at the scene, according to police.

The passenger, Christa Rice, age 19 was taken to the Juan F. Luis Hospital for her injuries.

A family member was notified of Fawke’s death, police said..

The passenger, Rice, of Two Williams in Frederiksted also was involved in another auto accident by Plaza Extra West in early December 2016, before this incident according to police records.

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MASH UP: What one of the vehicles looked like after the crash today.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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