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UPDATE: Anegadians cry neglect following fatal accident

January 28th, 2018 | Tags: Motor Scooter Accident crash The Settlement Hispanic
The scene of the accident on Anegada on January 27, 2018. Photo: Team of Reporters
According to reports, a man lost his life after slamming into a wall at the roundabout in Setting Point, Anegada around 8:00 P.M., January 27, 2018. Photo: Internet Source/File
According to reports, a man lost his life after slamming into a wall at the roundabout in Setting Point, Anegada around 8:00 P.M., January 27, 2018. Photo: Internet Source/File
SETTING POINT, Anegada, VI- The stark reality of the absence of and limited essential resources on the sister island of Anegada was made more visible than ever before when a resident died in a motor scooter accident around 7:30 P.M. yesterday, January 27, 2018.

According to residents, both the living and the dead are being treated less than human in a civilised world.

It is being reported by persons on the scene of the accident, which claimed the life of a Hispanic male, that untrained residents had to be police officers, medical professionals and even morticians.

"I cry I tell you, not because the man died but to see how he was treated and I should really say how we here Anegada are treated," said a resident who broke into tears while telling her story to this news site.

She explained that it was residents who had to help the lone policeman and fire and rescue officer on the island.

"VINO this is no lie. A businessman up here had to empty his freezer to put the body in so it wouldn't spoil. Whole night past and nobody came from Tortola until early this morning."

"I could even tell you more. Another person had to put the body in a small truck and take it to the police station. Imagine the police station is now a morgue? My heart breaking I tell you, my heart breaking all now," said the woman.

Complaints not petty

She further stated that many in government often see residents complaints of feeling like a step child as petty. "You will see how all of a sudden they will now find officers and doctors and nurses and bla bla bla to come stay up here...God knows why he didn't let Irma mash we up here more because many would have died."

Lots of unlincensed vehicles

Another resident claimed that the police is allowing too much lawlessness to go unchecked on the island.

"I am sorry that it is on the account of somebody's life that this is coming to light in the press for the world to see. I am really sorry [name given] died but forgive me saying something had to happen for certain things to get deal with."

He alleged the motor scooter the man was riding at the time was the property of a rental service on the island and it was noticed that the sticker indicated it was last licensed in 2014.

"That's the problem right there. If the police don't favour you or you a person who don't stick police nonsence they does harass you if your license not up to date but y'all (journalists) need to come up here and see for yourself. Most motorcycles and a lot of vehicles up here are not licensed and that's a fact."

Meanwhile, police have since confirmed in a press release today, January 28, 2018, our first and accurate story about the fatal accident at Setting Point.

"Police are confirming that a lone scooter accident on Anegada late yesterday afternoon has resulted in the death of the male rider. The name of the deceased is not being released at this time. Investigations are ongoing into the cause of the accident," Police Information Officer Diane L. Drayton stated.

The victim's name is known to this news site but is being withheld at this time.

See previous article published January 27, 2018

Motor scooter rider dies in accident on Anegada
Word just reaching our newsroom is that a man lost his life in a lone motor scooter accident on the sister island of Anegada this evening, January 27, 2018.

According to reports, the man, who is said to be of Hispanic descent, slammed into a wall at the roundabout at Setting Point around 8:00 P.M.

He was later pronounced dead.

It is unclear whether the now deceased was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

We will bring more details as they come in.

19 Responses to “UPDATE: Anegadians cry neglect following fatal accident”

  • ... (28/01/2018, 00:23) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    So sad rip
  • chad (28/01/2018, 06:21) Like (5) Dislike (7) Reply
    So sad to hear that, another life gone tragically. No road safety in the Virgin Islands. My condolences to his family and friends.
  • Concerned (28/01/2018, 07:49) Like (12) Dislike (14) Reply
    My guess, no helmet or if one no strap fastened. How many will bbe maimed or die, before laws are enforced.. At least it was not an innocent bystander. I have no sympathy until traffic laws are enforced equally.
    • Obsetver (28/01/2018, 13:13) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      Has enforcement prevent people from driving around without wearing their seat belt or using their phones without the use of a hand free device? People must change their behavior/attitude towards laws/ rules and make common sense decisions when using our roads whether as a pedestrian or driver/ passenger. The thing is it would appear that unless someone is not behind us wielding a big whip we can't do anything right. Here on the main Island it is a common thing to see scooter riiders without helmets weaving their way recklessly through traffic or transporting children to school with no regard whatsoever for their own safety. We do not know how the latest accident occurred, or to say if the victim was wearing a helmet. What i would say though is that we should make common sense decision when operating a motor vehicle on any public road. If being given a ticket is the value we place on our lives only God could help us.
  • Unbelievable (28/01/2018, 09:36) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    How the man end out in a wall? ??
  • chad (28/01/2018, 12:15) Like (12) Dislike (8) Reply
    There's no social services structure on that Island. Anegada needs serious infrastructure development and modern social services. A neglected by its own government.
  • 1 (28/01/2018, 12:50) Like (2) Dislike (8) Reply
    Nod must go they care not about the people
  • Santo side (28/01/2018, 15:57) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    R.i.p .....andy
  • paul (28/01/2018, 17:26) Like (5) Dislike (5) Reply
    so because a man die you only now can ball because you lack the foresight to see this would be the case? come on man, this should be no surprise to you all. People also need to stop ignorantly blaming the police for lack of enforcement when those things require money to pay officers. Money, the government stole and claim they dont have. If anegada have an enforcement issue, its the people of ANEGADA FAULT! Same goes for the rest of the BVI. Leave the damn police alone, they doin the best they can with the poor and limited resources made available to them. When they take off their uniform they are citizens just like everybody else who have to play a role, not just them alone can do the enforcement.
    • @ paul (28/01/2018, 19:01) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
      While it's always easy to cast blame on the government for every problem, your argument about government stealing money and officers need to get paid is hogwash. I can clearly remember the previous governor gave the RVIPF 1.8 MILLION dollars. So money should not be the issue.
  • wize up (28/01/2018, 21:39) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    so how is or was the 2 million dollars the governor handed over to the police department spent or being spent: some of you jumping on dr smith to be accountable however a sector of this same society got 2 million our tax dollars and to this day not one public report(don’t be shy talk that)
  • Diplomat (28/01/2018, 21:59) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Anegada has always been a neglected outpost; it, along with the other outlying Islands, has always been an after thought. They dragged the bottom of the class system. The lack of facilities and the slow response to the fatality on Anegada is despicable and disgraceful. Government should be ashame of the handling of this fatality. The handling of the case inflicted double pain, suffering and loss on the family.
  • Scooters and Anegada don’t mix (29/01/2018, 06:18) Like (3) Dislike (6) Reply
    There are too many scooter accidents on Anegada with serious or fatal injuries. Most of them do have helmets on (don’t know about this one but nearly all the accidents involve people going unconscious or like this fatal. Maybe a different form or transport should be used / rented?
    • annoying (29/01/2018, 12:08) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Everywhere got scooters ! So shut up . There are car rentals also . So what you want them to do ?! Come bring your back so they could ride .. just annoying dehman
  • Seer (29/01/2018, 06:29) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    The issues the lady is complaining of will not change until a restructuring of the district system takes place. The outer islands are often left out and are not manage and represented properly by the current system. Whether or not there’s a low crime rate in Anegada for the life of me I can’t comprehend as to why only one Officer is on duty and the same goes for Fire and Rescue. But when it is all said and done I blame us the people (the voting population). This is not the first time these issues have come up and we have done what we have always done – complain for a day or two and then develop amnesia. Outer islands need to demand their own representative, not share by another district or island.
  • @Seer (29/01/2018, 08:00) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    More so, Anegadians cannot do this alone we all need to be our brothers keeper and join them in in their fight for much needed services on the island.
  • ??? (29/01/2018, 19:52) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    "Another resident claimed that the police is allowing too much lawlessness to go unchecked on the island."

    That seems to be the case everywhere in the territory.... Welcome to the club. Someone said enforcement won't change anything... Why bother have laws if you don't have enforcement.....?
  • Me Me (29/01/2018, 20:42) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    To live here in anegada we have to pray to God to keep us safe because if anything should happen to us we will die before help reach us from tortola , I most say a big thanks to the one police and fire fighter for doing there best , and also the residents for assisting , I stood there and watch everything tears come , but guess what we as anegadians when the leaders fails to help us God will always stand with us

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