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Traffic Accident Claims Life of 16-Year-Old
August 24, 2008
A 16-year-old minor is dead, a 17-year-old minor is in critical condition and an 18-year-old was treated and released from the Juan F. Luis Hospital following a single car accident that occurred about 4:00 a.m. Sunday, August 24 on the Melvin Evans Highway in the vicinity of Estate Clifton Hill.
According to the Traffic Investigation preliminary report a 1992 Geo Prism, driven by the 16-year-old minor veered out of control and flipped killing the driver and injuring the passengers. Emergency Medical Technicians, St. Croix Rescue volunteers and police officials were on the scene.
The 18-year-old had lacerations to his right hand, right side of neck, right hip and shoulder. He was treated by emergency room doctors who said he would later be released.
The 17-year-old passenger received trauma to his head and chest. Emergency room doctors listed him in critical condition and expected him to be transported off island for further treatment.
Traffic Investigation Commander, Sgt. Joseph Platt, said Sunday investigation is ongoing to determine whether speed or alcohol was a factor in the accident.
Commissioner James H. McCall reminds parents that a curfew for minors is in effect in the Virgin Islands. “It is illegal for minors 17 and under to be on the public streets after 10 p.m., unless in the company of a responsible adult” McCall said. “These types of tragic situations may be avoided if more parents took this provision seriously”.