Five dead, including three teenagers, in horrific Palm Beach County crash
Five people were killed in a horrific car accident in Palm Beach County, Florida in the early morning hours of Saturday, April 13, 2013. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the accident occurred on Blue Heron Boulevard near I-95 in Rivera Beach.
The crash occurred about 12:30 a.m. and all five victims were in a 1994 Lexus that was traveling east on Blue Heron Boulevard. Law enforcement said a 2008 Mercedes CLK 350 was coming off I-95 and did not stop for the traffic light at the intersection. The Mercedes, traveling at a high rate of speed according to investigators, hit the right side of the Lexus.
Both vehicles went through the median and into the westbound lanes of traffic. A third vehicle was hit with debris from the crash. The Lexus overturned and ended up on the westbound shoulder of Blue Heron Boulevard.
Three passengers in the back seat of the Lexus were not wearing their seat belts and were ejected from the vehicle. All three, ages 14, 17, and 17, were ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene. Another passenger, 22, was also pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the vehicle, 21, was transported by ambulance to St. Mary’s Medical Center, but died shortly thereafter.
The driver of the Mercedes, 21, also suffered serious injuries and was transported to St. Mary’s Medical Center. His condition is listed as serious. The Highway Patrol says there are charges pending against him. It is not known at this time if alcohol played a factor in the crash.
The driver of the third vehicle involved was not injured.
When the wrongful death of a loved one occurs because of the recklessness of another person, the family could pursue a civil claim. An attorney experienced in car accidents and wrongful death cases would be able to explain all the options available and help these families receive the compensation that they deserve.
Source: local10news.com, “http://www.local10.com/news/Five-killed-in-Palm-Beach-County-crash/-/1717324/19738372/-/s9wfbaz/-/index.html,” n.a.,13 April 2013