PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The Police traffic Department is presently investigating a traffic accident with one fatality. This accident happened on Saturday January 12th at approximately 1:35 a.m. on the A.J.C. Brouwers road in the vicinity of the Osbourne Kruythoff round about. On the scene of the accident the investigating officers realized that three private vehicles with license plates P-3237, 9311-AAB and P-8883 were involved.
As a result of the impact, the driver of the vehicle with lisence plate 9311-ABB died from injuries he sustained. He has been identified as 44 years old, Juan Paulino Ortiz from Dominican Republic. The female passenger did show signs of life and was immediately transported by ambulance to the Sint Maarten Medical Center after being freed from the mangled vehicle by personnel from the fire department. The death of the driver was pronounced by Doctor Mercuur who came to the scene. Neither of the victims was wearing a seat belt at the time of the impact.
The drivers of the P-3237 and the P-8883 did not suffer any injuries, however the driver of the P-3237 seem to have been under the influence of alcohol. The suspect identified with initials K.N. (18) was arrested on the spot and taken to the Police Head Quarters where he remains in custody for further investigation.
The investigation is still ongoing to determine exactly what the cause of this accident was.