V.I. woman could face charges in Arizona collision that killed 3 St. Thomas couple survive deadly three-vehicle collision in Arizona
Published: December 7, 2013
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ST. THOMAS - A St. Thomas man and woman survived a triple-fatal three-car collision the day before Thanksgiving on a rural highway in northeast Arizona.
Charlotte Ramos, 38, and Mokiri Nsele, 39, were hospitalized at Flagstaff Medical Center in Flagstaff, Ariz., as they both suffered serious injuries.
Ramos still is in the hospital and is in stable condition, while Nsele has been released, according to hospital staff.
Ramos could face criminal charges in connection with the accident because the Arizona Department of Public Safety reported that the vehicle Ramos was driving was at fault in the accident. Nsele was a passenger.
Arizona Public Safety officials have not stated what charges Ramos could face.
Both Ramos and Nsele work in the commercial lending department of the waterfront First Bank on St. Thomas. Their relationship and reason for travel has not been confirmed.
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.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety reported that Ramos and Nsele's 2013 Chevrolet sedan, which was believed to be a rental, was traveling southbound on State Route 89A at about 2 p.m. Nov. 27.
The sedan crossed the center line of the two-lane road, briefly colliding with Majors' 2005 Honda sedan. Ramos and Nsele's vehicle then collided head-on with the Strykers' 2012 Dodge van, according to DPS.
The injured were transported by air and ground ambulance to the hospital in Flagstaff, and DPS closed the road for about six-and-a-half hours.
The investigation into why Ramos crossed the center line is pending, as Public Safety officials have not confirmed yet whether there will be a DUI investigation, or an investigation into whether Ramos was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to Raul Garcia, a spokesman for the Public Safety Department.
Garcia could not confirm whether officers had tested Ramos for alcohol or drugs immediately after the incident.
While DPS treats any serious collision, especially one that is fatal, as a crime scene, it also cannot always gather all of the needed information immediately if the people involved are seriously injured, Garcia said.
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