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Driver ‘Seriously Injured’ After Car He Was Driving Flips Over On The Melvin Evans Highway: VIPD

FREDERIKSTED — A St. Croix man was seriously injured when he lost control on the vehicle he was driving, causing it to flip over and eject him through the windshield on Thursday, authorities said.

The 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched Traffic Investigation Bureau officers to a one-car collision that occurred on the Melvin Evans Highway before 5:36 p.m. Thursday, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

Officers traveled to the area and found a white Mercedes Benz SUV overturned and a male individual laying in the roadway with serious injuries, according to the VIPD.

“Investigation revealed the driver of the vehicle lost control causing the vehicle to roll over,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said. “The driver, who was not wearing his seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle in the accident.”

The driver sustained various serious injuries in the accident and was in stable condition at the Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center, according to Derima.

The investigation also revealed that the luxury car the man was driving ended up in the westbound lane of the Melvin Evans Highway across from the Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility when it flipped over.

This accident is currently under active investigation by the 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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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