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Boetzberg Man Dies In Motorcycle Accident With Sedan Near Ballpark

GALLOWS BAY — A St. Croix man is dead after the motorcycle he was driving veered into oncoming traffic near the ballpark in Estate Mount Welcome on Friday afternoon, authorities said.

Vanborn R. Neptune Jr., 45, of Boetzberg was positively identified by next of kin as the driver of the motorcycle involved in the accident, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

The 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched officers to a reported two-vehicle accident on Route 82 (East End Road), just east of the D. C. Canegata Sports Complex at 4:52 p.m. Friday, according to the VIPD.

Officers found evidence of a collision between a Nissan Versa and motorcycle, and the body of a male in the eastbound lane, police said.

Boetzberg Man Dies In Motorcycle Accident With Sedan Near Ballpark
The Nissan Versa damaged in the accident with VanBorn Neptune, Jr.’s motorcycle in Estate Mount Welcome on Friday afternoon. (VIPD photo)

The investigation revealed the operator of the motorcycle was traveling westbound at a high rate of speed, apparently losing control of the motorcycle, veering into the eastbound lane and colliding into the right side of the Nissan Versa.

Neptune was not wearing a helmet as required by local law and was severely injured in the collision, succumbing to his injuries on the scene, VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said.

The driver and passenger in the Nissan Versa sustained non-life-threatening injuries and were treated and released from the Juan F. Luis Hospital & Medical Center, according to Derima.

The VIPD’s Traffic Investigation Bureau continues to investigate the accident.

Nepture is the son of retired VIPD corporal VanBorn Neptune.

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Police Find Badly Decomposed Body Near Parked Car In Estate Welcome On Tuesday

CHRISTIANSTED — Police near Gallows Bay on Tuesday night found a badly decomposed of a man in the bushes near a parked car of someone reported missing on St. Croix, authorities said.

Detectives discovered the vehicle at 8:10 p.m. Tuesday — parked on the roadside in Mount Welcome   — east of Sharkey’s Bait Stand — owned by a person reported missing, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

“Detectives, while checking the surrounding area, found the body of a Black male in the advance stages of decomposition; unable to determine a positive identification,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said. “The cause of death is presently under investigation, pending an autopsy.”

No further information was immediately available. Johnny E. Caines, 65, of Estate Paradise was reported missing by the VIPD on Monday night.

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Police Say Drunk Driver Caused 3-Car Crash That Injured 2 Motorists In Mount Welcome On Saturday

CHRISTIANSTED — Police are investigating a three-car collision near Canegata Ballpark in Mount Welcome that injured two other drivers, one severely.

The 911 Emergency Call Center received a report about an auto accident on the East End Road, just east of the D.C. Canegata Ballpark about 1:39 a.m. Saturday, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

Police said the driver of the vehicle that caused the three-car crash, 44-year-old Marlon R. Richardson of Tide Village, was allegedly driving drunk at the time of the accident, according to the VIPD.

Richardson was also arrested for “impaired driving on July 19, 2020. At the time, police said that they found cocaine and marijuana in his vehicle as well.

A police investigation revealed that a silver Range Rover was traveling eastward on the East End Road when it collided with a blue Ford Explorer that came out of the shopping area across from the ballpark, attempting to make a right turn to head west, VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said. The impact on the Ford Explorer caused the vehicle to overturn and collide with a white Lexus GS-350 in the area. All three vehicles received heavy damage from the incident.

The driver of the Range Rover, Richardson, appeared to be inebriated to officers on the scene, so field sobriety tests were administered, which he failed, Derima said. He was subsequently placed under arrest, charged with driving under the influence of an intoxicating liquor. He was released after posting $1,000 bail, pending an advice-of-rights hearing.

The driver of the Ford Explorer was trapped in his vehicle as a result of the accident. He was extricated from the vehicle by St. Croix Recue and transported the Juan F. Luis Hospital & Medical Center via ambulance for treatment of minor injuries.

The driver of the Ford Explorer sustained major injuries in the accident. He was also transported to the hospital via ambulance for treatment, and was scheduled to be flown off-island for further treatment.

The investigation into this motor vehicle accident involving Richardson continues.

All individuals listed as arrested or charged with a crime in this news article are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.