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Elderly St. Croix Man Who Struck And Killed Boy With SUV, Charged With Homicide

FREDERIKSTED — A 79-year-old St. Croix man has been charged with negligent homicide after he struck and killed a teenage boy while driving near an elementary school last month.

The driver, Laurely E. Henry, was arrested on a bench warrant signed by a Superior Court judge issued Thursday charging him with negligent homicide, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

Brendel William, 14, a student at John H. Woodson Junior High School, died at a hospital in Puerto Rico the same day he was hit by Henry, after suffering serious internal injuries in the accident, according to the VIPD.

Henry was driving a black SUV near Alfredo Andrews Elementary on May 6 when it turned off of Mon Bijou Road, hit one car in front of him and then careened off of that car into William.

Police said William was walking on a grassy area in front of the school when he was struck by Henry’s vehicle.

“The vehicle then proceeded onto the school’s property,” VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte said. “The boy sustained internal damages and was airlifted to a San Juan , Puerto Rico medical center for further treatment for his injuries sustained from the accident.”

Bail was set at $30,000. Henry was released on his own recognizance after posting bail. 

Brendel William on Facebook.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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