2 Senate cars park illegally, block handicapped person
Published: April 18, 2014
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ST. THOMAS - A handicapped person was left stuck for about 90 minutes when two V.I. Legislature vehicles parked illegally, trapping the person's vehicle in a handicapped parking space on Wednesday.
The person's employer, who said that the individual whose car was blocked uses a wheelchair, took photos of the clean, silver Senate sport utility vehicles - with license plates LEG 3 and LEG 9 - parked outside of the Frenchtown restaurant, Hook, Line and Sinker, on a rainy afternoon.
Since then, the photos have been circulating on the social media website Facebook, creating embarrassment for Legislature officials.
One of the cars is parked illegally in the road around the front of the restaurant, blocking access in the narrow parking lot in front of the fish market. The other Legislature SUV is parked on a perpendicular angle to the handicapped space.
Together, the two Senate SUVs sandwiched a Toyota Camry against the front of the restaurant.
The reader who submitted the photo said the Camry driver was unable to move their vehicle for about an hour and a half and that when the photo was taken about 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, the parking lot behind the restaurant was empty.
"This is unacceptable," said Senate President Shawn-Michael Malone. "You don't do stuff like this."
The Senate SUVs were driven that day by Cutbert Dorsett and St. Clair DeSilva, according to Iver Stridiron, executive director of the V.I. Legislature.
Stridiron said that he was unable to confirm which senators ate at Hook, Line and Sinker on Wednesday, and he was unable to provide information about why the two drivers left the vehicles unattended in front of the restaurant.
"It is unnecessary for this to happen," Stridiron said, noting that he has spoken with drivers hired by the Legislature repeatedly about taking care to follow all traffic and parking rules that all drivers in the territory must follow.
"I'm going to have to ground some of these drivers if they don't start following some of the rules," he said. "I do apologize for my drivers."
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