July 6, 2002 – A 35-year-old St. Croix motorist lost control of his small utility vehicle and was killed in a crash at about 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Mon Bijou area.
According to Deputy Police Chief Angel Santos, witnesses said the driver of the Suzuki Vitara was traveling through the Frangipani community at a high rate of speed when he lost control of the vehicle upon hitting a dip in the road in the area known as Almond Gut. The vehicle jack-knifed off the road and crashed into a tree, Santos said.
Emergency Medical Services personnel from Juan F. Luis Hospital removed the victim from the vehicle. Santos said he was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.
The driver "was unfamiliar" with the roads in the area, Santos said. In general, motorists "need to be more cautious of the conditions of roads in various neighborhoods," he said, and to drive defensively.
Although a family member has identified the victim, Santos said, police are awaiting formal notification of kin before releasing the victim's name.
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