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Two St. Croix Women Killed In Fatal Car Crash On U.S. Interstate In Mississippi

JACKSON — Two St. Croix women living in Louisiana were killed on a U.S. highway in a car crash in Mississippi early Friday morning.

Hancock County Coroner Jim Faulk said the driver, Jinika Nisbitt, 23, was a native of St. Croix, but was currently living in LaPlace, Louisiana.

The passenger was a 21-year-old woman, also from the territory. Faulk is working to make contact with her family before releasing her name to the public.

The deadly crash happened just before 3 a.m. Friday near mile marker seven in Hancock County, Mississippi

Nisbitt was driving a 2011 Honda Civic, headed west on I-10, when she lost control of the car and went off the left side of the road, crashing into a tree.

Each woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to the Mississippi Highway Patrol, Nisbitt was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash but her passenger was.

The family of Nisbitt on St. Croix have started a Go Fund Me page to defray the costs of flying her body home.
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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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.


  1. Victoria Wilson
    March 5, 2019 at 3:09 PM — Reply

    So sad. Know La place well. Thank you for reporting.
    My son lives in St. Croix owns Nauti Bar & Grille.
    Hospital St.

    • March 5, 2019 at 3:14 PM — Reply

      Thank you, Ms. Victoria Wilson, we appreciate you reading the Virgin Islands Free Press!

  2. Mimie Acosta
    March 6, 2019 at 7:01 PM — Reply

    My deepest condolences to the family and friends of these two young souls. May they R.I.P. I just heard the news. So So So sad!!! I was born and raised in St. Croix with kids in their 20’s. I can’t imagine the pain. Gone but never forgotten. One Love & May God Continue To Be With All of Us…

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