Arizona authorities recommend charges for St. Thomas woman in fatal three-car crash


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ST. THOMAS - A St. Thomas woman may face negligent homicide charges after her involvement in a triple-fatal three-car collision in Arizona in November.

Investigators with the Arizona Department of Public Safety are faulting Charlotte Ramos, 38, for the Nov. 27 incident in the northeast corner of the state.

Investigators recommended last week that the Coconino County Attorney's Office file charges, according to Arizona Public Safety spokesman Raul Garcia.

Garcia could not confirm how many charges the department recommended to the attorney's office.

"To date, Charlotte Ramos has not answered or provided DPS investigators with information regarding the deadly collision," Garcia said.

Ramos has hired legal counsel, Garcia said, though he could not disclose who is representing her.

The Coconino County Attorney's Office declined to comment about whether the office intended to take the department's recommendations, or whether they already have done so.

The three people killed during the accident were members of an Allen, Texas, family who were traveling to the Grand Canyon for vacation.

James Lee Stryker, 56; Rebecca Simpson Stryker, 60; and Travis Stryker, 16, were reported dead at the scene. Austin Stryker, twin brother to Travis Stryker, survived the accident with non-life-threatening injuries.

Rick Majors, 52, of Queen Creek, Ariz., also was involved in the accident, though he was uninjured.

Ramos, who was accompanied by fellow St. Thomian Mokiri Nsele, 39, was hospitalized along with Nsele at the Flagstaff Medical Center in Flagstaff, Ariz.

Their release dates from the hospital could not be confirmed.

It is unclear what Ramos and Nsele were doing in Arizona, as both work in the commercial lending department of the FirstBank on Waterfront on St. Thomas.

The Arizona Public Safety Department reported that Ramos and Nsele's 2013 Chevrolet sedan, a rented vehicle, was traveling southbound on State Route 89A about 2 p.m. the day of the incident.

The sedan crossed the center line of the two-lane road, briefly colliding with Majors' 2005 Honda sedan, and Ramos and Nsele's vehicle then collided head-on with the Strykers' 2012 Dodge van, according to Garcia.

The injured were transported by air and ground ambulance to the hospital in Flagstaff, and Arizona Public Safety closed the road for about six-and-a-half hours.

Garcia could not confirm whether officers had tested Ramos for alcohol or drugs immediately after the incident.

He said that, at times, the investigators do not test for alcohol if the injuries suffered by a person that they want to test are too serious.

- Contact Jenny Kane at 714-9102 or email jkane@dailynews.vi.

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