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UPDATE: One dead, one critical in two separate accidents

- Guyanese Reon R. Stephen succumbs in scooter accident; Vincentian Keron Andrews now critical @ D. Orlando Smith Hospital
The victim in the fatal accident on the James Walter Francis Drive Dual Carriageway in the vicinity of Carib Supply, around 3:15am, involving a motor vehicle and a motor scooter has been identified as Guyanese Reon R. Stephen. Photo: Facebook
The accident on the James Walter Francis Drive dual carriageway on February 1, 2020 has reportedly claimed the like of a motor cyclist. Photo: Team of Reporters
The accident on the James Walter Francis Drive dual carriageway on February 1, 2020 has reportedly claimed the like of a motor cyclist. Photo: Team of Reporters
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – New information reaching Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) is that one of the males involved in one of the two late-night accidents on Tortola, is now in critical condition at the Dr D. Orlando Smith Hospital. The other person has succumbed to his injuries.

The victim in the accident at Paraquita Bay is identified as Keron Andrews, a 29-year-old Vincentian National who resides in Diamond Estate according to the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF).

“Andrews was taken by ambulance to Dr D. Orlando Smith hospital where he underwent surgery for injuries sustained. He remains in critical condition,” the force said in a release.

Early information indicated that the Paraquita Bay victim had perished, however, Police said investigations are ongoing in the matter.

Second accident 

Meanwhile, the victim in the fatal accident on the James Walter Francis Drive Dual Carriageway in the vicinity of Carib Supply, around 3:15am, involving a motor vehicle and a motor scooter has been identified as Guyanese Reon R. Stephen.

Information reaching VINO is that he was a former worker of Santa's Bakery in Sea Cows Bay.

Details surrounding that accident still remains unclear.

VINO will bring more information as it becomes available.

See previous story published this morning, Saturday, February 1, 2020.

1 dead following separate accidents on Tortola

- accidents occurred @ Port Purcell & Paraquita Bay respectively

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- At least one person has reportedly been killed in separate road accidents on Tortola this morning, February 1, 2020.

Information reaching Virgin Islands News Online, is that one of the accidents occurred on the James walter Francis Drive dual carriageway in the vicinity of Carib Supply, around 3:15am, involving a motor vehicle and a motor scooter.

Unconfirmed reports are that the motor scooter rider was proceeding in the opposite direction of the flow of traffic when he was struck. 

He was taken to hospital but has reportedly succumbed.

Police have confirmed the accident and that one person has died.

Meanwhile, traffic along both lanes of the dual carriage way in the area of Carib Supply close to Delta Gas station is closed.

"Traffic coming from East End are advised to take the Ridge Road and exit via Great Mountain down into Lower Estate. Coming from Westwards towards Purcell Estate can be diverted into Purcell Estate and exit at the foot of Fort Hill," Police Information Officer, Akia L. Thomas has stated.

Second Paraquita Bay accident

The second accident occurred in Paraquita Bay and involved one vehicle.

It has been reported that one person suffered injuries in that accident.

More details to follow.

63 Responses to “UPDATE: One dead, one critical in two separate accidents”

  • Ghost (01/02/2020, 08:20) Like (34) Dislike (4) Reply
    This is so condolences to the families..
  • INRI (01/02/2020, 08:21) Like (13) Dislike (4) Reply
    • Greg (02/02/2020, 19:02) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
      They all feel it won't happen to them. Young people, please please stop this insane reckless driving you are doing. Don't you value your lives? Sad to say....who's next? SMDH!
      • Fran (05/02/2020, 09:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Long Look East End is full of scooters. They fly right by the Police Station up and down all day, and not one Police come outside. These are young guys too on these scooters. Long Look has never been so noisy and is getting worse. Their parents live there and you mean to tell me they don't hear this horrible noise just like the cops?
  • SCB (01/02/2020, 08:31) Like (47) Dislike (3) Reply
    First, sorrow for the tragic loss of two lives, and sympathy for their loved ones.

    Second, there was a lot of disturbing motor bike racing noise in the vicinity of SCB last night, heard as late as midnight. It made me feel angry, but it also made me feel worried for anyone who happened to be driving through SCB last night in the midst it.

    And you really want to let bigger bikes on this island??
    • SMH (01/02/2020, 10:12) Like (48) Dislike (3) Reply
      Imagine that they cant even control they little bikes they have and you goin give em bigger bikes....smh
      • SMH (01/02/2020, 22:43) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
        • To smh (02/02/2020, 18:57) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
          If that is indeed what happened, I hope the truth comes out eventually cause the amount of people on here commenting pure BS is very disturbing. Leave it to Tola people to talk bad about the living and the dead SMH...Their mentality will never change....all of them are detectives all of a sudden LOL
          • @ To smh (02/02/2020, 21:32) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
            ... and leave it to persons like yourself to show your envy of Tolians on subjects that has nothing to do with nationality. You are definitely not the only non- BVIslander blogging on here for sure... so let it go and pray about whatever inner issues you are expressing.
    • SCB (01/02/2020, 10:41) Like (25) Dislike (2) Reply
      Last night?? EVERY NIGHT and often in the afternoons too!!!
      I too worry about big bikes. Our animals have no chance to survive as the rider will not be able to control the speed of those bikes
    • @SCB (01/02/2020, 11:34) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
      In reply to your question,the final statement if your blog.;
      The sole purpose is more guarantee towards reelection. Lives,quality of life of those who contributes the most of positives have PS little bearing. Reelection,power is the driving force.
      So sit back and watch as the negative statistics are created and logged to new heights.
    • Yes (01/02/2020, 18:32) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
      The annoying racing and burnouts are going on all over the island especially at Road Town. Wait until more big bikes come in.
  • 2020 (01/02/2020, 08:32) Like (2) Dislike (12) Reply
    • Stop It (01/02/2020, 09:16) Like (19) Dislike (4) Reply
      1 Timothy 4:7 Have nothing to do with superstition and old wives’ tales

      Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue

      People without a second thought speak bad over their own futures by buying into the superstition not seeing that their binding their own fate.

  • Ghp (01/02/2020, 08:44) Like (18) Dislike (1) Reply
    May the souls of those departed Rest In Peace. My condolences to the families.
  • 2020 (01/02/2020, 09:08) Like (2) Dislike (6) Reply
    This morning I received the news that my cousin reached up I accident .
  • rip (01/02/2020, 09:17) Like (1) Dislike (63) Reply
    2 in one morning we got to get rid of the NDP JUMBIES from through the place
  • Outsider (01/02/2020, 09:37) Like (24) Dislike (4) Reply
    We as a people need to be more sympathetic and mindful of exposing graphic pictures of an accident. It is not humanly right to publicly expose body pics of victims and next of kin is not notified. I'm speaking to the on the spot media in name calling and the cel phone users (EMT, POLICE and ONLOOKERS) . We just had a similar incident in the Kobe Bryant case, where people have lost jobs. Where is our cyber legislation that the keep stalling. Bring it on!! Lets find the originator of the outlet and live financially comfortable from our love one/s
    • sooo (01/02/2020, 14:38) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
      I understand your concern but in this specific situation,whi knows. Possible the soul if the eceased was gaining the attention he was so desperately seeking while in thus realm. These bike riders ,some if them,hsve a death wish . An encounter with one if them speeding ,cutting you off etc..never illicit an apology...rather they become king if the road and dashes off for thrills and attention
  • Leap yesr (01/02/2020, 09:47) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    Be careful people
  • st john (01/02/2020, 09:58) Like (5) Dislike (12) Reply
    Leap year, it only just begin
    • @ st. john (01/02/2020, 10:12) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply
      Please read your Bible and tell me where you see the Lord saying that we should be guided by superstition.

      Don’t mix up the Saints in this mess. It is blasphemy.

      Then you wonder why things happen when you’re giving life to your words.
  • Truth (01/02/2020, 10:01) Like (40) Dislike (2) Reply
    Y would he ride on the opposite side of the road that's more like suicide. Learn 2respect traffic despite of the time u cant assume cars not on the road bcuz its 3 n the morning.
  • Ban Rum Today (01/02/2020, 10:21) Like (14) Dislike (6) Reply
    This is rum not juice. Ain’t nobody in there “weed high” mind would want to go up the opposite side of the high way. Weed smoker want to reach home to ball up another joint. Legalize the herb. Put a restriction on rum not marijuana!!!
    • Get the Facts (01/02/2020, 17:03) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
      Smoking cannibas also makes you high and alters your state of mind. The number of accidents in the states related to being "stoned' from smoking marijuana increased by over 5 times and yes some resulted in death. So please do us a favour and keep off the roads and do not operate machinery (heavy or otherwise) when you smoke your weed!
      • Pomeroy (02/02/2020, 10:01) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
        Are you pulling this statistic out your a--?

        "Conclusions. Three years after recreational marijuana legalization, changes in motor vehicle crash fatality rates for Washington and Colorado were not statistically different from those in similar states without recreational marijuana legalization."

        Meanwhile one beer is all it takes to mess with a persons co-ordination and judgement. One beer, missing speed bumps, Iv seen it happen myself. Not me and a drunk driver. Ill fly with a pilot who is 'high' than get in a car with a drunk driver.
  • Not surprised (01/02/2020, 10:24) Like (22) Dislike (1) Reply
    This is sad. A mother or any close family should not have to wake up to such news....I heard when this happened and my first thought was, my goodness, I do hope that this person survived. I was happy that ambulance came right after the noise I heard, but I guess injuries were too severe to survive.

    My sister was just reminding me of my two missed accidents this week with scooter riders. Both times this week they came from nowhere and cut infront of the vehicle. Thank God nothing happened. I see some who ride and take their time, even wearing helmets. Then I see many more doing they own the road.

    How many incidents will have to have happened for something to be done about the many reckless ones?
    • agreed (01/02/2020, 16:41) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
      Excellent question indeed, how many more will have to die before laws are made if they aren't any or if they exist are they up-to-date? If they are up to date then enforce them. The lives of the people must be protected and that should be a priority everything else.
  • Binocs (01/02/2020, 10:52) Like (14) Dislike (2) Reply
    condolences to the family and friends of the deceased. It was a very sad morning to hear such terrible news, We sometimes get caught up with our day to day activities and forget that life really is short....we don't know when our last moment will be on this earth, Please, remember to be kind to others and tell your loved ones how much you love them,
    • @sad (01/02/2020, 13:16) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
      Well, when you decide to joy ride on a scooter in the wrong direction you are hoping " your last moment" could be momentarily and worse than that,you couldn't give a hoot whose life you take in the process .
  • guy hill (01/02/2020, 12:49) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    Condolences to the family of the deceased. Get well soon to the hospitalized. Be Brave.
  • Confession (01/02/2020, 13:11) Like (20) Dislike (21) Reply
    I am not at all sympathetic towards those who lose their lives during their personal triumph
    and pleasure of knowingly and gleefully creating misery for others.
    Sleepless nights,being started out if a deep sleep, anxiety while behind the wheel,wondering if a bat from hell on a bike will interrupt your life. One less nuisance gone for good is how I see it. There!
    • Really? (01/02/2020, 13:26) Like (4) Dislike (17) Reply

      Go to hell. You sound like a proper a$$.

    • Food for thought... (01/02/2020, 15:05) Like (2) Dislike (6) Reply
      Here you are enjoying your personal triumph engrossed in pleasure as you gleefully partake of some sick ungodly inner joy of others misery, pain, and suffering at such occasions. Who then is of the greater sin?
      • @foodfor thought (01/02/2020, 16:24) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
        ",others misery and pain"....what others? Others should feel uncertainty ,he died doing what he loved knowing the possibility did not care whether these so called others would be miserable as a result. R E L I E F that he did not take an innocent life or lives and left none maimed or paralized.. We all will die and very few of us will have the luxury to go out happy doing our thing because we are not selfish inconsiderate and have luv for none other than ourselves.
        • @ @foodfor thought (01/02/2020, 23:42) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
          Wrong is wrong, in thoughts and in deeds. As a person thinks so he/she is. If you give merit to evil thoughts evil will manifest in your life in some form. Best not to entertain evil at all no matter what provokes you. Instead be constructive and produce goodness not evil... get out there and do something about the situation. Start a petition etc.
    • the rock (02/02/2020, 06:43) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply

      You are an @&&whole!

  • VOTER OF THE SIX (01/02/2020, 13:34) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Emmanuel (01/02/2020, 13:40) Like (31) Dislike (0) Reply
    I hope our Government will think twice about amending the law to allow bigger and more powerful motor bikes into the territory. Sometime we should allow our common sense be our guiding light. When we think about the amount of motor bike accidents and the lost of some many of our young men in these senseless accidents, I ask myself, when is there to gain from allowing bigger by on our little poorly built and maintained road?
    • SCB (01/02/2020, 16:59) Like (15) Dislike (2) Reply
      And poorly LIT roads. One night we were taking a turn off the main road and nearly collided with a biker who had no headlights. Only our car headlights lit him up at the last minute and my husband swerved to miss the young man on the bike. We shook at the thought of the other potential outcome.
  • Hmmm (01/02/2020, 14:23) Like (28) Dislike (0) Reply
    I have a dent in my brand new car from a scooter rider! With all that is happening 3 riders whizzed past me in traffic today at 3 diffrent times riding down in between lanes, illegally over taking vehicles, no helmets, chancing the red light and oncoming traffic. People in cars get hauled over the coals in situations like this, as if we don't know and see how careless the riders are. They have no respect for their own lives otherwise some of them would not do the things we see them doing. Some of them too clever for their own damn selves. My only regret is the families whose hearts are breaking right now. May God give you the strength to do this. To the riders community, brother after brother, when exactly and how much exactly will it take for you all to be responsible? Some of you are on the road with bikes that you KNOW are in violation of the laws and yet you continue. I have just one more question to ask you, what will you do if the next injured rider is YOU? God, please keep me out of some mess like this because I won't be able to live with myself if one of these damn knuckleheads ends up under my jeep.
    • Lawless (01/02/2020, 16:58) Like (27) Dislike (1) Reply
      BVI is too lawless. Where are the police officers to fine these reckless riders? Or seize bikes? What traffic laws are in place to guide bike riders? Don't they adhere to the same laws as other motorists? Where is the legislation? Do they have to pass a test like regular motorists? Where are the traffic cops when they are doing their stunts in the middle of afternoon in traffic? Why are they allowed to pass cars like they do? One biker passed me in traffic 3 times and in two different directions yesterday helmet. This morning, another one standing on his bike and riding. These guys feel they are indestructible.
  • Comment (01/02/2020, 14:47) Like (26) Dislike (0) Reply
    About a year ago I witnessed a biker drive his bike on one wheel, nonstop, from the Fisheries building to the pier park.

    A few weeks back, I was driving my car on the highway and as I passed the Red Cross building; I witnessed a scooter rider crash into a parked car by the side of the road. The momentum of the crash thrown him off his bike directly into the left lane behind me. As I looked back, I saw him rolling around on the ground. He then got up out of the lane and walked towards his bike before a vehicle approached him. Thank God he was ok, and thank God a vehicle was not directly behind him at the time.

    A few weeks after this incident I witnessed two bikers dangerously and reckless run the red light, and several carelessly curve through traffic without headgear.

    How many more persons have to lose their lives on our roads before real chance is made to stop these reckless driving habits. I know that our youths strongly believe that they are invincible because they have youth on their side...but as we see time and time again this is definitely not the case. They treat these bikes more like toys they are racing on a virtual reality game, driving is serious business!

  • BP (01/02/2020, 19:08) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    So sad 2 days before ur birthday may ur soul RIP
  • See (01/02/2020, 21:15) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
    RIP . The police will NEVER EVER put a stop to the reckless riding and disrespect for the law so dont waste your breath . Bigger bikes when the ones here are already out of control . Ignorance !!!!!
  • Sick And Tired (01/02/2020, 22:38) Like (0) Dislike (11) Reply
    What is the world coming to when a responsible scooter/bike rider operating on the government road with care and still being mowed down by drivers in vehicles and still the innocent scooter rider still being blame because of the past scooter riders. if this is the case the same type of treated should be place on vehicle operators because a lot of them out here drinking and driving and killing people kids
    • SCB-ish (02/02/2020, 08:28) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      Maybe it’s because of the nearly Universal lawless thoughtless FU kind of driving done by a number of motorbike riders on island. PEOPLE ARE MAD AS HELL by the carelessness of bikers appearing out of nowhere, driving in and out of traffic, through red lights, texting and not looking at the road, PUTTING NOT ONLY THEIR OWN LIVES AT RISK, BUT EVERYONE ELSES.
  • rip (02/02/2020, 07:09) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Rip Reon. Very nice young man. My condolences to your family.
  • The Reaper (02/02/2020, 08:24) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
    This is Sad but but. You on the wrong side of the Road ...U kill your own self ..drunk or not.....U on the wrong side ....Dammmmm !!! It man ..U cause that Rip
    • But the thing is (02/02/2020, 17:25) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply
      How do we know for sure the young man was riding on the wrong side of the road. That is another reason cameras should be mounted everywhere. Cameras don’t lie, people do. If a camera was mounted on that strip, the camera would have shown if the young man was riding on the wrong or right side of the road.
    • buz (05/02/2020, 10:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      well were you there to prove and confirm that young man was on the wrong side. A dead man carries no tale so he is not there to defend himself.
  • Captain (02/02/2020, 09:05) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    It seems that we all agree that we need to regulate the illegal use of motor cycles in this country. Is the government listening?
    • ship (02/02/2020, 11:34) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      To be sure,there are regulations ,guidelines,laws on the books. Like everything else,no enforcement. The Gov system across the board is broken,every man for himself and God for us all.
    • SCB-ish (02/02/2020, 11:47) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Agreed! I HOPE and PRAY the Government listens and acts to protect the people on the roads here.
  • snooze (02/02/2020, 16:46) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    these past two nights have been delightfully tranquil Slept lie a baby Hmmmm wonder why..sure wish that Nature's Little Secret could maintain and keep it like this always .
  • sorry to say (02/02/2020, 17:40) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    I just don’t understand why these scooter riders continue to play Russian Roulette with their lives. One young man passed me and my mother on our way home riding on the motor cycle with the front wheel up in the air, my mother said bless his heart because if the bike had flipped over backwards, it might have fell back on him or the ambulance would have been picking up what was left of him. The part that scares me the most is when they dart in front of me or when I’m turning off the main road.
  • musa (02/02/2020, 19:17) Like (0) Dislike (5) Reply
    Biger bikes will bring business in the bvi .
  • WHAT!!! (03/02/2020, 09:37) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    @musa, bigger bikes will bring more business in the BVI , hospitals, funeral homes, insurance companies.
  • Mic (05/02/2020, 00:02) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply

    I hope they did a alchole test on the oficer who was in the club that night and i hope thear is justice for the family

  • Mic (05/02/2020, 00:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

    I do not think he was on the wrong side of the road

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