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VIPD: 2-Car Accident On Estate Hope Road Claims 5-Year-Old Girl’s Life … 4 Others Injured

CHRISTIANSTED — A five-year-old girl died and four other people were injured during a two-car accident that occurred Sunday night on Estate Hope Road, authorities said.

Two of the surviving injured were children under 18. The accident occurred on the part of Estate Hope Road that includes the long stretch after Gateway Gas Station in Peter’s Rest and heading towards Hess Road.

The call reporting the accident was received by 911 operators at 7:33 p.m. on Sunday, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte said a brown Dodge Durango was traveling east on Hope Road when a westbound brown Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck collided into it, causing the Durango to flip.

The four passengers in the Dodge Durango included a mother, her son, daughter and her 12-year-old niece, the VIPD said.

The five-year-old daughter was trapped underneath the Durango, however she was rescued by first responders, according to police. She later succumbed to her injuries at the Juan F. Luis Hospital in the early morning hours today.

The male driver of the S-10 was injured as well, according to Dratte.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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