Wolfgang Goldammer and his wife Monika Goldammer from Kiel, Germany were passengers aboard Princess Cruises' Royal Princess on Thursday, January 26, 2017 when they went into port at St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI).
Wolfgang Goldammer was being pushed in his wheelchair by his wife, when a vehicle crashed into the couple. Wolfgang Goldammer was killed, his wife was injured.
Police say both victims were transported to the Roy Lester Schneider Hospital’s emergency room via ambulance for treatment, however, Mr. Goldammer died from his injuries.
Police arrested Jehrelle Warner, 27, a local who lives public housing at Estate Tutu Apartments in Virgin Islands Housing Authority at St. Thomas. Warner had no driver's license when police interviewed her at the scene.
Warner's vehicle, a Dodge Caliber, struck both cruise ship passengers near the Paris Point Tramway.
Warner was charged with vehicular homicide, operating a vehicle without a driver’s license and negligent driving. She was remanded to the Bureau of Corrections after failing to make bail of $25,000.
On a social media account page, Jehrelle Warner says, "Life is beautiful".
There have been numerous reports which say, crossing the street there is very difficult for pedestrians and the speed limit should be lower.
Royal Princess embarked on a 10-night cruise on Thursday, January 19, 2016 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with calls at St. Johns, Antigua and Barbuda ; Castries, St. Lucia ; Bridgetown, Barbados ; Basse-terre, St. Kitts, Saint Kitts and Nevis ; before calling at Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands on January 26. The cruise ship then called at Princess Cruises' private island Princess Cays in the Bahamas, before returning to Port Lauderdale on Sunday, January 29.
USVI sentencing for vehicular homicide is very light for United States standards. In March 2014, Karen J. Williams was sentenced to the maximum imprisonment allowed of five years on each of two counts of negligent homicide to be served consecutively. Williams pleaded guilty to killing 17-year-old Aliya Robles and 18-year-old Jolicia Wilson when she struck them and a survivor, then 18-year-old Shantina Garnette, in the early dawn hours of January 22, 2012.
The three girls were out for a Sunday morning jog when Williams, whose blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit, lost control of her speeding car and plowed into a stop sign and then spun around, striking a utility pole and the three young women.
In the State of Florida by contrast, sentencing guidelines are triple that of the USVI, without alcohol being involved as a contributing factor to the crime. Vehicular Homicide is a second degree felony punishable by a maximum sentence of fifteen years in Florida State Prison, and a $10,000,00 fine.
Cruise Bruise Investigates is following this case. We will update after Jehrelle Warner goes to trial.
Wolfgang Goldammer has been added to the Cruise Ship Deaths website.
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