New information reaching BVI News indicates that evidence relevant to the investigation into the boating accident which resulted in the death of Frandie Martin Jr has disappeared.
A senior source told our News Center that police took a urine sample from Andrew Morrell – who was this week charged with manslaughter in connection with the case – to determine his death rate. alcohol level at the time of the October 16, 2021 crash.
Apparently this sample was misplaced. BVI News understands that the sample may have been discarded in error and that all attempts to locate it have failed.
Our news team has been told that those traveling on the ship stopped at Saba Rock earlier in the day for lunch and had a few drinks before heading out.
Meanwhile, our source also informed BVI News that no GPS information was taken from the vessel in question, blue bayouwhich was being handled by Morrell at the time of the accident.
BVI News understands that the boat’s GPS was not turned on and therefore no data could be recorded in the system.
How the accident happened
Our news center has learned that the designated captain of blue bayouhis wife and children, and Morrell were the people on board the ship on the unfortunate day. They were heading west in the waters outside Prospect Reef, Tortola when the captain allegedly gave Morrell the wheel as he needed to use the bathroom.
Some time later, Blue Bayou collided with another ship, Yeya, and the passengers were injured. The three people on board the Yeya were also seriously injured. Fat Hogs Bay resident Martin Jr died of his injuries.
Morrell was formally arrested and charged on Tuesday, April 12, 2022, after a thorough police investigation. He was charged with manslaughter, causing injury to a person and failing to render assistance following a collision.
He was offered bail in the amount of $60,000 with a signed bond. He is due to appear in the Magistrate’s Court on May 31, 2022.
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