Farrah Fox and Dylan DeGiuseppe are in the hospital fighting for their lives after a crash in Delray Beach at the intersection of NE 3rd Street and NE 1st Avenue.
According to the police, an off-duty Palm Beach County deputy ran a stop sign and collided with a SUV. The SUV’s two occupants, 18-year-old Farrah Fox of Delray Beach and 20-year-old Dylan DeGiuseppe of Boca Raton, are in critical condition at Delray Medical Center.
The father of the 18-yer-old woman says she’s lucky to be alive. “It was a lot, lot worse than I originally thought,” said Dr. Gerard D’Ariano, who lives near the crash scene.
Delray Beach police say the deputy ran a stop sign, crashing into the SUV at NE 3rd Street and NE 1st Avenue. The crash was so violent, the SUV flew across someone’s lawn and into some trees, narrowly missing a townhouse. D’Ariano says he heard the collision and came running. “I saw two vehicles and it was a really violent accident,” he said.
Police say there were seven people in the off-duty deputy’s truck when it hit the SUV. The doctor who ran over to help says he found a young woman unconscious and partially ejected from the pickup truck. He said a second passenger was also unconscious.
At first, D’Ariano said he couldn’t even see a second vehicle. “It was completely underneath the tree. The vehicle had knocked down two trees and was completely against the house,” he said. Inside the SUV, he worked to stabilize a young woman until paramedics got there. “I saw the girl unconscious, strapped in and basically pinned from the impact from the side of the vehicle,” he said. Police say Degiuseppe and Fox were in the SUV. There were rushed to the hospital, as well as two people from the pickup truck. Three others were treated at the scene.
“This is a city street,” D’Ariano said. “This is a very unlikely place to see this kind of massive impact.”
The deputy was treated at the scene. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office says he has been with them for about a year and a half. Police are still investigating and no one has been ticketed or charged in the crash.
Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious accident involving an off-duty deputy. We hope the investigators can quickly determine what caused the accident. Please be careful and obey the speed limits whenever you are driving a motorcycle, car, SUV or truck. We hope that all parties involved consult with an experienced trial lawyer. If you have been injured in an accident, call my office for a free consultation and find out what your rights are.”
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