On Dec 31. 2021, at 4:52 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched Virgin Islands Police Department officers to an accident that involved two vehicles. The accident happened on Route 82 (East End Road), just east of the D. C. Canegata Sports Complex on St. Croix. On the scene, officers found evidence of a collision between a Nissan Versa and a motorcycle; the body of a male was also found in the eastbound lane.
According to the Virgin Islands Traffic Investigation Bureau, the motorcycle operator was traveling westbound at a high rate of speed and apparently lost control of the motorcycle, which caused him to veer into the eastbound lane and collide into the right side of the Nissan Versa.
The motorcycle operator, who has been identified by next of kin as 45-year-old Vanborn R. Neptune, Jr. of Boetzberg, was not wearing a helmet which is required by Virgin Islands law. Neptune was severely injured in the collision, succumbing to his injuries on the scene. The driver and passenger of the Nissan Versa were treated for non-life-threatening injuries at the Juan Francisco Luis Hospital & Medical Center and released.
The VIPD’s Traffic Investigation Bureau continues to investigate the accident.