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Postal Worker Charged With Homicide in Traffic Death

CHARLOTTE AMALIE A U.S. Postal worker was arrested Wednesday for allegedly backing over a woman in St. Thomas and then driving over the fallen senior citizen again.

Abagail Henry, 50, was charged with negligent homicide and negligent driving, the Virgin Islands Police Department said

After an investigation by the Traffic Investigation Bureau, it was revealed that the pedestrian Louise Jackson, was walking southward in Berne’s Alley on June 6 when the U.S. Postal van operated by Abagail Henry, started reversing.

“Ms. Jackson was walking away from the van when the van struck the rear of her body, knocking her to the ground and the right rear wheel of the van drove over her body,” VIPD Communications Director Glen Dratte said. “After Ms. Henry realized that she had driven over something, she drove forward over Ms. Jackson’s body.” 

Ms. Louise Jackson, 67-years-old, succumbed to the injuries that she sustained, according to Dratte.

Henry was placed under arrest at 10:04 a.m. Wednesday, police said.

Bail for Henry was set at $5,500. The accused posted bail, and was released, pending an advice-of-rights hearing.  


By John McCarthy

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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