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Old Man Struck Down Dead By Westbound Vehicle On Christiansted Bypass: VIPD

CHRISTIANSTED — An elderly man trying to cross the Christiansted Bypass at twilight was struck down dead by a passing motorist this weekend, authorities said.

A vehicle traveling west on the Christiansted Bypass near the Peter’s Farm Condominiums hit a pedestrian crossing the roadway about 6:15 p.m. Saturday, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

The pedestrian, a 70-year-old white man, was transported to the Juan Luis Hospital & Medical Center via ambulance, but later succumbed to the injuries he sustained in the accident, according to the VIPD.

“His identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said.

This incident is under active investigation by the VIPD Traffic Investigation Bureau.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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