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Teen dies in crash – Tried to evade garbage truck?

Justice Amory. Fb photo

Justice Amory. Fb photo

Two of the persons who were taken to Peebles Hospital after a nasty crash last evening (March 15) were treated and released, but the driver Justice Amory did not survive.

Amory, the 19-year-old son of Superintendent of Police St Clair Amory, passed away today, March 16.

BVI News Online understands that some of his relatives watched helplessly as the youngster was being removed from a life support machine at Peebles Hospital.

He had been at the medical facility since last evening when the vehicle he was driving crashed near Bouncer’s Bar at Paraquita Bay, Tortola.

The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF), in a media release this afternoon, said the ill-fated vehicle crashed while the late driver evaded another vehicle.

“Initial inquiries suggest that the driver was heading east, when he attempted to evade a vehicle heading west. The vehicle then hit the hillside and overturned.”

“The driver and two other occupants of the vehicle were taken to Peebles Hospital following the collision. The two occupants were treated for injuries and released while the driver was detained… Police investigations will continue into the matter,” added the RVIPF, which said no further details about the deceased are being released at this time.

BVI News Online however understands that the vehicle the late Amory reportedly tried to evade is a garbage truck, which did not stop at the scene.

The vehicle Amory was driving

The vehicle Amory was driving

A total of three passengers were in the Suzuki Grand Vitara driven by Amory, who is a past student of Cedar International School. One passenger escaped unscathed.

Meanwhile, before the RVIPF issued a statement regarding the crash, Commissioner of Police Michael Matthews described the incident as ‘very tragic’.

“We had four persons in a car that left the road, we are investigating why that vehicle left the road. However, I was informed earlier this morning that one individual in that vehicle had suffered serious head injuries and was on a life support machine, and a decision may have to be made later today to switch that machine off,” the commissioner told journalists who approached him for a comment during an unrelated press briefing in Road Town.

At least four die in crashes this year

The latest fatality brings to at least four, the number of persons reported to have died in motor vehicle crashes in the British Virgin Islands since the start of the year.

  • On February 18, Nathaniel Wheatley died when the vehicle he was driving careened off the roadway in Slaney, Tortola, and landed in the sea.
  • On January 17, Kyle ‘Coochie’ Frank from Purcell Estate died following a motorcycle crash on the previous evening along Sir Francis Drake Highway, adjacent the Treasure Isle Hotel.
  • And, on the night of January 27, Virgin Gorda resident Anselmo Hodge died after he was hit in the Valley by a vehicle driven by one of his close relatives.

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  1. Ms. Freeman says:

    Oh no RIP son. Too much accidents murder, driving, drowning everywhere. Hope this has nothing to do with the condition of the roads.

    • duck1951 says:

      while truly sad , too much fast driving, too many cars and some reckless scooter operators.

    • John says:

      More like the condition of the drivers! No respect for their fellow man.

      I see at least 100 infractions a day. My heart goes out to the family.

  2. oh dear says:

    condolences to the family…Jehovah knows

  3. wow says:


  4. WowRu says:

    The roads now killing ppl when will the government fix them. I going soon stop pay tax!

    • hmmmmm...i seee says:

      say something with sense nah

    • Tolian to the Bone says:

      Not wearing a seat belt helped in this one and Wheatley’S didn’t it? That and driving recklessly. This should be an eye opener to young people. Slow your roll. You don’t know what is around the next corner.

  5. Know it all says:

    Heard he was trying to pass a garbage truck

  6. The watcher says:

    My condolences lori and family.

    • bvislander says:

      What a fine and wonderful family. Bless your hearts and I hope all of your friends and loved ones will share your grief at this horrific time.

  7. Diginity says:

    My heart aches for the family of Justice. Gone much too soon. Deepest condolences. RIP Justice

  8. fried chicken... says:

    the earth must be appeased for all the crimes we did. sad to see some young ppl gone.

  9. Spice says:

    Ah man can’t believe this you just got your license you was in an accident few months ago I spoke to you, so cool and humble dread am so so sorry to hear this Jah what is condolences to the family.

  10. watcher says:

    prayers for his family

  11. Interested says:

    Prayers and condolences going out to the entire family.
    Know many of them very well.

  12. ..... says:

    Those garbage trucks does be driving so damn recklessly at nights all in the middle of the roads with no care in the world… even if you stop they still be coming pelting dead on to you giving people mini panic attacks… now look what they caused a damn young life

    • CIVIC says:

      I agree , those garbage truck drivers , drive too recklessly at nights , they come barging down with headlights blaring like some big demons .

      Please , please traffic dept. do something about these garbage truck drivers.

    • SMH says:

      This is true and it is always very scary. Can the police please look into this matter.

      I have been experiencing speeding garbage trucks on the roads here for years…

    • Dee says:

      Sooo true

  13. True Development says:

    My condolences to the family on their loss. I am concerned about the number of obstructions, namely, cars, boats and other large objects parked at the corner and close to the bars in the Paraquita Bay area and even on the area regarded as the sidewalk.

    That entire area needs immediate attention to have those items removed! RVIPF, Dept of Waste Management, Town and Country Planning and PWD work collectively to get that area cleaned up.

    I am not against the type of businesses there but the obstructions to flow of vehicular and pedestrian traffic.

  14. . says:

    Too many inexperienced drivers are dying on Tortola roads.

    It is not the fault of the condition of the roads, or other drivers, but poor choices made by the driver, due to inexperience and over-confidence in driving ability.

    Young men, slow down! Take your time on the road! Put on your seatbelt! The life you save may be your own.

    • elegal says:

      well said. couldn’t have said it better. we complain about the scooter riders when we have some car and suv drivers being more reckless.

  15. Gabi says:

    People saying “I heard” please stop assuming of what happened in the crash . Because I was in the passengers seat … I survived .. and half of what y’all “hearing ” is not true . It was not his fault .

    Just say your sincere condolences or some sht instead of saying some f**k that is negative .

    HE WAS MY BOYFRIEND. And seeing all the comments .. seeing his picture all over social media is heart breaking . So please stop assuming .

  16. hmm says:

    Very Sad. My sincerest condolences to his family.

  17. Tallfat says:

    Not saying who or what may be at fault but on more than one occasion while heading west I find myself forced to take evasive action from a garbage truck careening up/down the SFDR.

    Flashing lights and motoring at ridiculous speed for such a large vehicle with no regard for other road users.

    RIp in peace JA and condolences family.

  18. Nuff Said says:

    Them garbage truck always speeding and in the middle road,I live east and many nights going home I have to pull on the side they in the middle road and them lights bright, bright and you cant see properly.

    So sorry this young man lost his life. My sincere condolences to the entire family.

  19. Vanzetti Sacco says:

    Oh for a POLICE OFFICER this is easy.

    There are only a few people who have contract to pick up garbage.

    You check all schedule for trash pick up that day.

    That should do the trick, if you know you was the one operating the Garbage truck that nigh just go to traffic, give your side of event.

    Cause truth be told some them garbage operators legally handicapped mentally.

  20. Cry says:

    Not sure what to say now as I am fighting tears reading this………Just know that time will heal what your feeling now. Trust in the one above!

  21. Curious says:

    So Sad!!! RIP and my condolenses to his family and friends.

    You da ga drive for you and others in Tortola das wha people don’t understand. There are way too many vehicles on the roads and the roads are S***.

    Yea people do drive reckless, however the roads are still horrible and aint just now we know this.

  22. de silent one says:

    My condolences goes out to the entire Amory family and his biological mother in their time of grieving.

    It’s so sad to see one die in such manner which could have been avoided by the timing of these oversized vehicles on the road at times.

    Once in the not too distance past, the garbage trucks used to be on the roads during the re hours of the morning when other traffic are very slow.

    But in most recent times they are coming out very early when you have a heavy presence of traffic still commuting to and from.

    Maybe its something that need to be address by the authorities.

  23. Ms wize says:

    Maybe the truck driver didn’t know an accident had occur. Wasn’t the driver speeding?

  24. Aching says:

    Such sad news. I knew him and his family personally, and I can’t even begin to imagine the immense pain they are going through right now.

    I cried when I heard the news, as I’m sure many others who knew him did. He was a close friend of mine, and he was always the life of the party.

    He was an amazing friend, student, son, brother – and above all, an amazing person. All of us will dearly miss him and his spirit.

    My heart goes out to all those who knew and loved him. He was a brilliant young man, with such a bright future.

    It’s a shame that his life got taken away from him so soon. RIP Justice.

  25. Sad says:

    The __ truck drivers always behave like they rule the road. Have no regards for other motorist.

    While travelling east one night my coworker and I escaped an accident because he was a cautious driver the truck came down the middle of the road and swing off immediately in front of us on our side of the road.

    A sudden stop good brakes and good reflex action also prevent us from coliding.No indicators used. We were blocked and had to divert to the other side of the road to pass.

    Yes there are road safety issues with the garbage trucks and if so many people are echoing the same sentiments it should be a matter of concern.

    Sincere condolences to the Amory Family and friends. I pray that God comfort them at this time of loss. RIEP Justice

  26. Toty says:

    Firstly my condolences to the family of the deceased, always a pain when such a young life is lost.

    Secondly yes the roads are bad, but how are we driving on the roads? How many drivers out there use their indicators/flickers. They are not for display and must be used.

    Most motorists dont give a damn about the lives of fellow motorists. As long as we dont exercise patience on the roads, as long as we are not humble and have respect for life, fatal accidents will be a daily occurrence. This is not rocket science.

    Drivers just park in the middle of the road without warning or at least a sincere flashing of hazard lights. No one cares and the we wonder why there are so many deaths from accidents…

  27. Anymous says:

    I consider that the police department should look in to the situation of these drivers license being sold and bought.

    There are people taking 2-4 years retaking exams sinply because they refuse to buy the drivers license for $500 – $1000.

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