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Unidentified St. Croix Man Dies In Single-Car Accident On Melvin Evans Highway

FREDERIKSTED — An unidentified man was killed in a single-vehicle accident on St. Croix late last night, authorities said.

On December 16, at 11:10 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to the Melvin H. Evans Highway, in the vicinity of Estate Cane Carlton, to investigate a single-car accident at 11:10 p.m. Thursday, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

“The preliminary investigation revealed that the male driver — operating a white 2009 Ford Ranger heading westbound — lost control of the vehicle, causing it to overturn,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said.

The driver, not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle and died on the scene, according to Derima.

The driver has yet to be identified by police.

The VIPD’s Traffic Investigation Bureau is investigating the cause of the accident.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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