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Spyglass Hill: Motorcyclist Killed In Head-On Crash Identified, California Woman Arrested

CHRISTIANSTED — A motorcyclist killed in a head-on crash in Mount Welcome on Tuesday night has been identified, authorities said.

Richard M. “Derryck” Boehm, 55, of Cane Bay was riding a motorcycle when it collided with an off-road vehicle on the East End Road near Spyglass Hill shortly before 8:37 p.m. Tuesday, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

R.I.P.: Richard M. “Derryck” Boehm of Cane Bay.

Boehm, who was the son of former longtime Club Comanche Hotel owner Mary Boehm, sustained multiple injuries in the accident and was pronounced dead on the scene.

He was a St. Croix native who attended the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration after attending St. Croix Country Day School in Kingshill.

Boehm went on to serve in the U.S. Army before returning to St. Croix to work at the former HOVENSA Oil Refinery on the South Shore.

He was an intellectual who loved animals and used to fish near Green Cay Marina on the weekends.

Years ago, Boehm was known for driving a beat-up red Isuzu Amigo and parking it near the Club Comanche Hotel on Strand Street in Christiansted.

Meanwhile, Traffic Investigation Bureau officers arrested Azalea Fierros, 23, of Arleta, California, and charged her with negligent homicide by vehicle, according to VIPD spokesman Toby Derima.

Azalea Fierros on Facebook.

Fierros was the driver of the off-road vehicle that was heading east as Boehm was heading west on his motorcycle — when the two vehicles collided, killing Boehm and injuring a passenger in Fierros’ vehicle, according to the VIPD.

Bail for Fierros was set at $25,000. She was allowed to post a 10 percent bond and was released.

Responding to a question from the Virgin Islands Free Press, Derima said Fierros’ off-road vehicle was licensed for use on the territory’s roads and was “street legal.”

On social media, Fierros posted several memes critical of Caucasian people to her Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/Derryck.Boehm

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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