An off-duty Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputy ran a stop sign had slammed his pickup into the car in which a 22-year old girl was riding. At Delray Medical Center, doctors told the father of the girl that his daughter had a traumatic injury and was in a coma.
“Your world suddenly ceases,” the father and mother told The Palm Beach Post at a downtown Boca Raton law office.
Delray Beach Police said a man was traveling 40 mph in a 25 mph zone. He told officers he didn’t see the stop sign at Northeast First Avenue and Northeast Third Street. His 2018 Chevrolet Silverado pickup struck the Chevrolet Tahoe carrying the 22-year old girl and a 20-year old man.
The truck driver, who lives west of Boca Raton, was released from the hospital. Six passengers were in the cab of the pickup. The deputy and two others were treated at the crash scene for minor injuries and two others were taken to Delray Medical for moderate injuries and then released. Air bags had deployed and everyone were wearing seat belts, police said.
The 25-year old truck driver joined PBSO as a road-patrol deputy, the sheriff’s office said. A spokeswoman said Wednesday that he remains on active duty.
The victim, who plans to be an aeronautics engineer, is in a coma and on a ventilator. Her parents said she’s shown some slight signs of improvement.
Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is an accident involving a truck driven by an off-duty PBSO officer. 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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