VIPD cites Millin-Maduro in hit-and-run


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ST. THOMAS - V.I. Property and Procurement Commissioner Lynn Millin-Maduro left the scene of a car accident that she caused Tuesday evening, according to government officials.

No injuries were reported, and it is unclear whether V.I. Police officers gave Millin-Maduro a sobriety test.

Millin-Maduro was driving her own vehicle about 6 p.m. Tuesday when she hit another vehicle while going through the Frenchtown intersection near the Arturo Watlington Sr. Post Office, Government House spokesman Jean Greaux Jr. said Wednesday.

Immediately after, Millin-Maduro left the scene of the accident, though Greaux said that she returned to the scene shortly thereafter.

He could not speak to what prompted her to return to the scene of the accident.

Both vehicles suffered minor damage, Greaux said.

The V.I. police officer that responded to the incident determined that Millin-Maduro caused the accident and issued two citations to Millin-Maduro when she returned to the scene.

The first was for leaving the scene of an accident and the other was for being at fault in causing the collision.

The officer did not arrest Millin-Maduro, who has been in her current position since 2007.

She has held various positions within the government prior to her role as commissioner.

Whether Millin-Maduro was under the influence of any controlled substances remains in question, as Greaux said that he could not comment on that aspect of the investigation.

"That is a question better placed at the VIPD, as testing of alcohol levels is an operational procedure of the police department," he said.

However, V.I. Police spokeswoman Melody Rames said Wednesday evening that the department would not release information about the accident until Thursday, two days after it occurred.

Millin-Maduro, who was working at her St. Thomas office on Wednesday, could not be reached for comment.

Her position is not expected to be affected by the event, Greaux said.

The incident follows the police's response two months ago to the accident of the V.I. Water and Power Authority's chief operating officer.

Gregory Rhymer, who was driving a government vehicle, crashed into two parked vehicles at about 11 p.m. on Jan. 3 on Bunker Hill.

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

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