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Man Dies After Motorcycle Crashes Into Large Rock; Incident Marked Third Vehicular Death in St. Thomas in Two Weeks

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ST. THOMAS — A man was pronounced dead on the scene Sunday afternoon following what the V.I. Police Department says was a single vehicle accident in Estate Canaan.

According to V.I.P.D. Director of Communications Glen Dratte, on Sunday at about 4:10 p.m., a firefighter with the V.I. Fire Service reported to the 911 Emergency Call Center a motorcycle collision in the area of Estate Canaan. Upon arrival of emergency personnel, contact was made with a black male, identified by next of kin as 59-year-old Vincent Henley, who was lying unresponsive in the grass on the western side of the roadway.

A preliminary investigation by the V.I.P.D.’s Traffic Investigation Bureau revealed that Henley was riding a motorcycle traveling from Magens Bay and heading westward when he lost control and struck a large rock on the left side of the roadway. He was thrown from the scooter and into the grass where his head struck another large rock, according to the V.I.P.D. investigation.

No other vehicles were involved in the collision, according to the V.I.P.D., though the investigation into the matter remains open.

Henley’s passing was the second deadly motorcycle accident in St. Thomas in two weeks, and the third vehicular death on the island in October. 

On Oct. 1, a man identified as 54-year-old Arthur John Goetsch was pronounced dead on the scene after he lost control of his motorcycle, struck an object and was ejected, according to the V.I.P.D. Then on Friday, Oct. 7, a man identified as 26-year-old Keonae A. Turnbull died on the scene after the vehicle he was traveling in collided with another vehicle and flipped on its top on Veterans Drive.

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