The police in Tortola arrested the driver of the excursion bus used by Princess Cruises to transport cruise passengers from the Caribbean Princess cruise ship to the "Tropical Forest Hike and Beach" tour sold by the cruise line.
BVI News Online reports that the police took Roland Allen, age 32, of Baughers Bay, Tortola BVI, into custody last night and charged with "causing death by dangerous driving."
We reported on this tragedy yesterday in an article "Excursion Tour Bus Crash In Tortola Injures Princess Cruises’ Passengers From Caribbean Princess."
The article mentions that the deceased passenger, previously identified as Aaron Humphrey, has bean identified as Aaron Rumphrey, from Honeoye, New York.
Mr. Rumphrey and his parents had previously been hiking with 17 other passengers from Princess Cruises’ cruise ship. When the tour bus ran off the road, Mr. Rumphrey was ejected through the front windshield. The tour bus did not have either seat belts or shoulder harnesses.
Cruise lines like Princess are legally obligated to investigate and audit excursion companies used for the tours advertised and sold by the cruise lines so that the passengers are reasonably safe. Using a bus with no seat belts or shoulder harnesses is unreasonably dangerous, particularly given the road conditions in Tortola.
An article today on WHEC.com describes the young man as "kind and friendly." Mr. Rumphrey had been a student at the Cobblestone Arts Center in New York in an arts program for students with developmental disabilities. The article describes how he would make other students laugh and inspire them. A supervisor at the program is quoted saying "he was a great guy.”
February 25, 2010 Update:
Princess Cruises Passenger is Remembered as an "Easy, Gracious Man"
Cruise excursion bus BVI Platinum News