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Motorcyclist Thrown From Bike In Collision With Minivan Dies Near Donoe: VIPD

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas motorcyclist died after being thrown from his bike following a collision with a minivan near Donoe early this morning, authorities said.

The 911 Emergency Call Center sent officers to the Weymouth Rhymer Highway near the Donoe Road intersection based on a report of an automobile collision at 5:01 a.m. today, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

“Upon arrival, officers found evidence of a collision between a minivan and a motorcycle,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said. “The body of an unresponsive male was lying in the eastbound lane.”

Investigation revealed that the minivan was traveling west on the roadway, as the motorcycle traveled east, according to the VIPD.

“The vehicles collided and the motorcyclist was thrown from the motorcycle as a result of the collision,” Derima said.

Emergency Medical Technicians on the scene concluded that the rider of the motorcycle had no signs of life.

The driver of the minivan was transported to the Roy L. Schneider Regional Medical Center for treatment and released.

The rider of the motorcycle was identified as 32-year-old Rudy Jeanne, according to Derima.

Meanwhile, people in the territory were deeply sympathetic with the accident victim Jeane on social media.

“So sorry to hear of this tragic (accident),” Lavi Gumbs wrote on Facebook tonight. “It brought back memories of the many that died in motorcycle accidents or of leg, hand amputated. 2006 my nephew died at 23 years old from motorcycle accident. Heart broken.”

This case is currently under active investigation.

If you have information that can help police find out what happened, please call 911 or the Traffic Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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