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VIPD Won’t Name Haitian ‘Immigrant’ Killed In Fatal Crash On Brookman Road

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Virgin Islands Police Department officers of the Traffic Bureau and Forensic Units responded to a 911 Emergency Call Center notification of a car crash on Brookman Road east of the laundromat area in St. Thomas about 11:22 p.m. on Sunday.

Deputy Chief of Police David Cannonier arrived on the scene along with other members of the VIPD and observed “a late model Mitsubishi Montero flipped on its roof with an occupant pinned inside.”

“The pinned individual was pronounced dead on the scene,” VIPD spokesman Karl Caesar said. “He was a 24-year-old black male of Haitian decent, whose identity is being withheld until next of kin can be notified.”

Preliminary investigation reveals that the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed and lost control while trying to negotiate a deep corner turn on Brookman Road. The victim was a passenger in the vehicle along with two other occupants. Police later discovered the other two occupants.

One of the occupants walked to a house in the Nadir area and the other occupant traveled to the hospital seeking treatment.

“Their injuries were not life threatening,” Caesar said.

“It is important that we obey all traffic laws, especially when it comes to our speed limits,” Cannonier said. “We need the community to come forward and assist us in avoiding and solving such incidents.”

Police from the Traffic Bureau are currently investigating this incident and asking anyone that may have seen or have any knowledge of this incident to please contact the VIPD.

Anyone needing to speak to the department confidentially can contact the Virgin Islands Police Department at (340) 774-2211 ext. 5617, Major Crime Unit at (340) 714-9830 or the Criminal Investigation Bureau (340) 714-9807.

“We need your help in combating such incidents,” Caesar said.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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