SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (CBS/AP) — A 20-year-old from Norwell, Massachusetts has died after falling from a bus in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Virgin Islands Police spokeswoman Melody Rames says Sarah Dargon was riding one of the open-air “safari buses” on St. John with her younger sister when the incident occurred. The younger woman told police she was texting on her phone and didn’t realize her sister had fallen until after it happened. The driver had been going about 20 mph (30 kph) at the time along the steep and twisting roads of St. John.

Dargon initially got up, but later collapsed. She was airlifted to Miami for medical treatment. Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s Office spokesman Larry Cameron said she died Tuesday.

Dargon’s family told WBZ-TV she was devoted to children and volunteered with under-privileged kids.

Dargon was a student at Vanderbilt University. The school sent out an e-mail to students about her death:

“She had many friends at Vanderbilt and will be sorely missed by the students, faculty and staff who knew her.”

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Comments (7)
  1. emom says:

    How sad.. Where were the seat belts?

    1. Steve says:

      This wasn’t America, most other countries don’t have seatbelt laws. Go down to Aruba, there’s not only no seatbelt laws but there’s no laws against open containers in vehicles.

  2. Norwell Resident says:

    I can’t believe this.From the town of Norwell myself, it’s unbelievable. I wouldn’t consider myself close with the Dargon family, but close enough to know exactly who they all are. Sarah didn’t deserve to die young, she was a gorgeous young girl who had a bright future planned. R.I.P. Sarah, you’ll be in our hearts and prayers. And to the Dargon family, we’re all here for you in this sad time.

  3. Tony the Tiger says:

    WOW as Kante West sings “How Can you be so Heartless?” I mean seriouslly, at then end of the day someone died, no one deserves their death to be mocked, since it hurts their family and friends right along with them, im sorry for your loss and god bless the family and friends of Sarah.

  4. jen b says:

    @ emom…it’s an open air safari bus with no seat belts, and being that she was drunk I guess she couldn’t stabalize herself in the seat properly. She should’ve never been sitting at the end. Very, very, very sad. My heart and prayers go out to her family and friends. I’m so sorry for their loss.

  5. USVI News says:

    St John is a US Territory and one of the main islands of the US Virgin Islands. The Police said Sarah was Drunk when she fell out of the vehicle.

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