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St. Croix Educator And Entertainer Dies After Car Crashes Into Tree In Glynn: VIPD

KINGSHILL – Police say a woman died after she crashed her sedan into a tree in Estate Glynn early this morning.

Amaris Chew, 34, of Estate Calquohoun, died at the scene from the injuries she sustained in the crash, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

The 911 Emergency Call Center was notified of a one-car accident on Northside Road, in the vicinity of the Francis Water Delivery Service at 12:54 a.m. today, according to the VIPD.

Amaris Chew’s 2015 Acura ILX after the fatal crash this morning. (Photo by VIPD)

“The investigation into the accident revealed the female driver of a burgundy 2015 Acura ILX was traveling north at a high rate of speed, not wearing a seatbelt, lost control of the vehicle, and collided into a tree on the northern shoulder of the road.” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said.

This case remains open and under active investigation by the VIPD Traffic Investigation Bureau.

Retired VIPD officer Charles Nibbs said he chanced upon Ms. Chew two days ago (June 8) and exchanged pleasantries with her as a former participant on his St. Croix children’s television show.

“Amaris was very talented,” former officer Nibbs recalled. “My lovely wife, Mrs. Anita M. Nibbs, and I, Founders’ of Luvkids Television & Radio Productions, Inc., are so proud to see what Amaris have accomplished as an educator.”

Retired VIPD officer Charles Nibbs (left) with Amaris Chew at her mother’s Kingshill Cemetery gravesite on September 18, 2018.

Meanwhile, the tributes for Chew the friend, daughter and loved one continued to pour in on social media today.

“My condolences to her family,” Iris Crump-Matthias said on Facebook.

“Amaris” is a girl’s name in Hebrew which means: “promised by God.”

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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