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Woman Dies After Falling From Moving Safari Bus

July 06, 2011
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Police have confirmed that 21-year-old Sarah Dargon of Norwell, Massachusetts died sometime Tuesday, July 5 after falling out of a moving safari bus on St. John on Sunday, July 3. The woman and her 18-year old sister were visiting the island.  

After falling out the safari bus, Dargon was taken to the Myra Keating Community Health Center on St. John and then transferred to the Roy Lester Schneider Regional Medical Center on St. Thomas. From there she was airlifted to the Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida. Her death was confirmed by the Miami Dade coroner’s office.   

According to St. John district police officers who interviewed the victim’s sister at the Health Center, the two women got on the safari in Cruz Bay heading to a campground site. The sister told police they both sat at the rear of the vehicle parallel to each other but the victim sat closer to the loading stairs. The sister said she began texting on her cell phone and when she looked up, she realized her sister was not on the safari and immediately notified the driver. The driver turned the vehicle around to search for the passenger who was found injured on the roadway lying on her back. She had injuries to the back of her head and abrasions on her body.   

The sister told police the vehicle was traveling at about 20 mph. Police investigation also determined that both sisters had been drinking and were intoxicated at the time of the accident.  

This case will be followed up by the Traffic Investigation Bureau. Anyone with any information on this case is urged to contact the officers at 714-9816, 715-5514 or Crime Stoppers USVI at 1-800-222-TIPS.

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