Man charged with negligent homicide in connection with Melvin Evans crash

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ST. CROIX - A La Grande Princesse man is facing negligent homicide and other charges in connection with the April 2 death of a woman after a vehicle crash on Melvin Evans Highway.

Edward Farrelly, 65, was advised of his rights Tuesday morning by V.I. Superior Court Magistrate Miguel Camacho and also arraigned. Farrelly pleaded not guilty to the charges against him. He was arrested Monday morning on a warrant.

In addition to the negligent homicide by means of a vehicle charge, Farrelly also is charged with involuntary manslaughter, reckless driving and speeding, stemming from a collision near the HOVENSA Training School that killed 39-year-old Gloria Jarvis of Estate Glynn. The collision occurred about 8 p.m. on April 2.

V.I. Police Officer Jamale Griffin wrote in an affidavit supporting the charges that when he got to the scene to investigate the crash, he saw a woman lying on a backboard and unresponsive inside an ambulance, and no other injured people.

He found two vehicles - a black Ford Explorer and a multi-colored GMC pickup truck - both with "substantial damages," according to the affidavit. According to Griffin, Farrelly was standing in the roadway near the crash, and responded "yes," when asked if he was involved in the crash. He told police he had been driving the GMC truck and was not injured.

Jarvis, who had been a passenger in the Explorer, was taken to Luis Hospital for treatment and was pronounced dead at 9:10 p.m. that night. The emergency room doctor reported that her injuries included a broken neck, a severed spinal cord and a broken left arm and leg, according to Griffin.

An autopsy revealed the cause of death as a punctured heart, the affidavit states.

Griffin wrote that Farrelly had been driving his truck east on Melvin Evans Highway, and the Explorer had been traveling west.

The investigation indicated that the Explorer tried to make a right turn, heading north onto North Side Road, when Farrelly's truck hit the Explorer in the intersection as it was turning.

Farrelly told police that he was driving eastbound in the left lane, going approximately 40 to 50 miles per hour, and he was right under the light when it changed from green to yellow, according to the affidavit.

He told police he tried to stop, but he was already too close, Griffin wrote.

Farrelly told police that he was traveling the regular speed on the highway, and, in response to questions, told officers he did not know the speed limit of the highway, or the speed limit at the intersections, the affidavit states.

According to the affidavit, police also interviewed the driver of the Explorer, with his mother present, as well as a passenger who was in the Explorer.

The driver of the Explorer told police they were going west when they reached the traffic light near the HOVENSA Training School.

He told police he had a green light and a green arrow and had been making a right turn toward North Side Road, when he heard Jarvis say his name and then the vehicle was hit and spun around a few times, according to the affidavit.

The driver of the Explorer told police he did not see the vehicle that hit him. Jarvis, he said, was in the backseat, behind him. Police also interviewed the passenger who was riding on the other side of the backseat in the Explorer, Griffin wrote.

According to the affidavit, an officer who assisted in the investigation conducted a speed analysis, and found that Farrelly did not control or reduce his speed within the posted speed limit of 30 mph at the intersection.

The analysis based on Farrelly's statement that he was traveling 40 or 50 mph indicated that the collision would have occurred at speeds of 40 or 50 mph, but not at a speed of 30 mph, according to the affidavit.

After being advised of his rights and arraigned on Tuesday, Farrelly, whose court file shows no criminal history, was released on his own recognizance on an unsecured $40,000 bond with conditions set, including a 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew.

- Contact Joy Blackburn at 714-9145 or email

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