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Kai Jackson Ordered to Surrender Passport, Have No Contact With Potential Witneeses Ahead of Nov. 18 Pre-Trial Conference

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ST. CROIX — A well-known St. Croix businessman recently arrested and charged for involuntary manslaughter in connection with a deadly vehicular accident last year, has been ordered to surrender his passport pending a pre-trial conference scheduled for November 18.

Kai A. Jackson, 45, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with involuntary manslaughter, negligent homicide by means of a vehicle, and reckless endangerment for his involvement in the fatal accident.

At his advisement hearing on Wednesday, a judge ruled that Jackson must surrender his passport and is not allowed to leave St. Croix without written authorization from the court. He is to report to the Office of Probation every Tuesday and is to have no contact with any witnesses in this matter.

Jackson since Tuesday posted the required 10 percent of a $50,000 bail amount.

According to a release from the V.I. Police Department, on July 7, 2021, at around 3:06 a.m., the Patrol Division from the Ancilmo Marshall Command was dispatched by the 911 Emergency Call Center to investigate a two-vehicle collision that occurred on Orange Grove Road in the southbound lane, Route 703, in the vicinity of the old St. Dunstan’s Episcopal School. 

Upon their arrival to the scene, the officers observed both vehicles in a head-on collision in the southbound lane. The operators of the vehicles involved in the crash were both male individuals, one of whom was later identified as Sito Martin who was operating a red 2000 Suzuki Vitara. The second driver was identified as Jackson who was operating a black 2018 Ford F-150 Truck. 

According to the V.I.P.D., a preliminary investigation revealed that the Red Suzuki Vitara was in its lane traveling southbound while the Black Ford Pickup truck was traveling northbound. Evidence further indicates that the vehicles collided head-on in the southbound lane, the police department said.

According to police, an Emergency Room physician at the Juan F. Luis Hospital stated that Martin succumbed to injuries he sustained to the body from the accident and was pronounced dead.

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