82.1 F
Charlotte Amalie
Tuesday, August 9, 2022
HomeNewsArchivesTRAFFIC VICTIM WAS HOMELESS BUT NOT ALONE

TRAFFIC VICTIM WAS HOMELESS BUT NOT ALONE

Oct. 16, 2002 – He may have been homeless, but at the time that he died as the victim of a traffic accident, Bernard Forbes had a friend.
On Backstreet near Rothschild Francis "Market" Square, at the Salvation Army center, Capt. Enoch Sam remembered Forbes as a "happy guy" who showed up every day for lunch.
"When I first got here on the island, he was all right," Sam said of Forbes, "but two years later, his head was gone. He'd just sit on the corner, and that's where he stayed. He was always happy. About once a day, he used to come here to the Salvation Army to get food, and sometimes to get clothes."
Motorists making their daily commute along Veterans Drive may not have known Forbes by name, but they almost certainly knew him by sight. According to recently retired Police Capt. Al Donastorg, the victim of Monday's accident was often seen along the downtown waterfront during the early morning and evening drive times. For a period of time, he decorated his clothing from head to foot with plastic cards and soda cans.
Forbes died around 5:45 a.m. Monday when he was struck by a car heading west on Veterans Drive. Police say it's the second time within a year that a pedestrian was killed while crossing the Charlotte Amalie waterfront roadway.
After the previous incident, authorities appealed to pedestrians to look both ways and use crosswalks when traversing the four-lane roadway. Ironically, police reports state that Forbes may have been using a crosswalk at the time he was struck.
Police said Ronald Braithwaite, 39, was the driver whose vehicle struck Forbes and that he was questioned at the scene, but refused to answer questions. Deputy Police Chief Theodore Carty said the Attorney General's Office is investigating the incident and, based on the findings, will determine "whether to charge or not to charge in the case."
Carty said Forbes had relatives on St. Thomas and family members were notified of his death before his name was released to the media. The Salvation Army's Sam said he was planning to call a local funeral home to see about arrangements for services.

Publisher's note : Like the St. Thomas Source now? Find out how you can love us twice as much — and show your support for the islands' free and independent news voice … click here.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Keeping our community informed is our top priority.
If you have a news tip to share, please call or text us at 340-228-8784.




Support local + independent journalism in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Unlike many news organizations, we haven't put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as accessible as we can. Our independent journalism costs time, money and hard work to keep you informed, but we do it because we believe that it matters. We know that informed communities are empowered ones. If you appreciate our reporting and want to help make our future more secure, please consider donating.

FROM FACEBOOK

Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons
Load more
Oct. 16, 2002 - He may have been homeless, but at the time that he died as the victim of a traffic accident, Bernard Forbes had a friend.
On Backstreet near Rothschild Francis "Market" Square, at the Salvation Army center, Capt. Enoch Sam remembered Forbes as a "happy guy" who showed up every day for lunch.
"When I first got here on the island, he was all right," Sam said of Forbes, "but two years later, his head was gone. He'd just sit on the corner, and that's where he stayed. He was always happy. About once a day, he used to come here to the Salvation Army to get food, and sometimes to get clothes."
Motorists making their daily commute along Veterans Drive may not have known Forbes by name, but they almost certainly knew him by sight. According to recently retired Police Capt. Al Donastorg, the victim of Monday's accident was often seen along the downtown waterfront during the early morning and evening drive times. For a period of time, he decorated his clothing from head to foot with plastic cards and soda cans.
Forbes died around 5:45 a.m. Monday when he was struck by a car heading west on Veterans Drive. Police say it's the second time within a year that a pedestrian was killed while crossing the Charlotte Amalie waterfront roadway.
After the previous incident, authorities appealed to pedestrians to look both ways and use crosswalks when traversing the four-lane roadway. Ironically, police reports state that Forbes may have been using a crosswalk at the time he was struck.
Police said Ronald Braithwaite, 39, was the driver whose vehicle struck Forbes and that he was questioned at the scene, but refused to answer questions. Deputy Police Chief Theodore Carty said the Attorney General's Office is investigating the incident and, based on the findings, will determine "whether to charge or not to charge in the case."
Carty said Forbes had relatives on St. Thomas and family members were notified of his death before his name was released to the media. The Salvation Army's Sam said he was planning to call a local funeral home to see about arrangements for services.

Publisher's note : Like the St. Thomas Source now? Find out how you can love us twice as much -- and show your support for the islands' free and independent news voice ... click here.