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4 Haiti Nationals Steal Car For Joyride On St. Thomas But Quickly Crash, One Dies

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — One Haitian national was charged with vehicular homicide when his accomplice Haitian passenger died as the two were attempting to steal an automobile when the car flipped on St. Thomas. Two other passengers escaped the accident with minor injuries.

Gladimy Alaisse, 25, of Port-Au-Prince, was charged with negligent driving, failure to restrain a passenger and unauthorized use of a vehicle, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

VIPD mugshot of Gladimy Alaisse, 25, on St. Thomas.

Alaisse was driving a vehicle, going at a high rate of speed southeast on Turpentine Run Road near the former Lantern Laundry and Brookman Market when the 24-year-old Haitian passenger was killed in the accident.

According to the police report, Alaisse lost control on the vehicle after he stole it, causing it to flip several times in the roadway.

His still unidentified front seat passenger was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident and died as a result of the crash.

Former VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte said police were notified of an accident on Brookman Road, one of the most heavily traveled in St. Thomas, about 11:22 p.m. on Thursday.

“Upon closer inspection, police observed an unresponsive male pinned inside the overturned vehicle, who later was pronounced dead by medical personnel,” Dratte said.

Two other passengers of the vehicle were unhurt, according to the VIPD. One was seen walking towards a house in Nadir; while the other one found a ride to the hospital for treatment.

Police did not say if the other two men, who each eventually made it to the hospital, would face charges in the incident.

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John McCarthy

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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 50 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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