Early Morning Single-Car Crash on St Croix Leads to Fatality

In the early hours of Saturday morning, a fatal auto accident occurred when a man on St. Croix crashed into a traffic light pole, police say.

The 911 Emergency Call Center received a call from a concerned citizen that a one-vehicle accident had occurred on Melvin H. Evans Highway and the East Aiport Road intersection. The caller stated that a man was trapped inside the vehicle. VIPD, Rescue, Fire, and EMS were notified.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a white 1997 Ford Escort was traveling from East to West on the Melvin H. Evans Highway at a high rate of speed. As the vehicle approached the intersection at Melvin H. Evans and East Airport Road, the driver lost control of his vehicle, veered off the roadway, and collided with the traffic light pole on the Southwestern shoulder of the roadway. The pole was deeply embedded inside the vehicle from the impact. The driver, 34-year-old Angel Espinosa, was wearing his seatbelt.

The Emergency Medical Technicians did not find any vital signs on Espinosa, and he succumbed to the injuries sustained by the collision.

This case has been assigned to the Traffic Investigations Bureau and remains open and under investigation.