BVI Platinum News reports that cruise excursion bus driver Roland Allen is in trouble with the Tortola police again.
Mr. Allen – known in the community as "Crash Dummy" – was the driver of the green excursion bus which crashed on "Windy Hill Road" on February 24, 2010 while transporting cruise passengers from a Princess Cruises’ cruise ship. One cruise passenger died and multiple others were injured.
A few days before the bus accident, a theft occurred when someone broke into a home and stole various items including a laptop computer. Mr. Allen’s girlfriend, one Emesha Henry, came into possession of the stolen laptop. The newspaper reports that Ms. Henry resides from time to time at Mr. Allen’s apartment. It is less than clear from the article whether Mr. Allen or his girlfriend or someone else committed the burglary.
According to this news source, when police arrived on the scene of the excursion bus accident, the police asked Mr. Allen about his girlfriend. Later, a police officer overheard Mr. Allen speaking on his cell phone. As it turns out, Mr. Allen had called his girlfriend and told her to remove a stolen laptop computer from his apartment and hide the stolen item in a vehicle parked outside.
The police thereafter arrested Ms. Henry and charged her with handling stolen goods. A trial is scheduled for June 2, 2010. There is no indication in the news article that Mr. Allen was charged with any wrongdoing, although it would appear that he should be charged with aiding and abetting his girlfriend in the criminal offense if this story is accurate.
Another article in the BVI News reports that the police suspect Mr. Allen to be involved in the burglary. The article reports that the thief stole "gold plated earrings, gold rings, gold ankle chain, a lap top, a notebook computer, designer handbag and a silver ring . . ."
We have reported on Mr. Allen’s troubles in prior articles:
The readers to the BVI Platinum News article are having a field day with Mr. Allen’s involvement in this alleged crime. To say the least, it is repugnant that "Crash Dummy" was engaged in such conduct as a cruise passenger was dying following the crash.
"Cindy" writes: "If this is the case, how many more unsolved robberies or more serious crimes is this young man responsible for?"
"Got a side job?" writes: Seems like "crash" also goes by the name of "smash and grab."
"Good job" writes: "What a call to make after your driving just caused a man his life!!!"
In the comments to the BVI News article, Mr. Allen is referred to as "crash" and "smash and grab," and his girlfriend, Ms. Henry, as "crash chic."
Roland Allen photograph BVI Platinum News