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John J. Stermer, 74, Killed By Crashing Cars While Walking Dogs

John J. Stermer was killed while walking his dogs on Big Blue Trace, said the sheriff’s office report.


John J. Stermer, 74, died at the scene of the crash, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said. Stermer was walking the dogs on the sidewalk on Big Blue Trace not far from Wellington Elementary School just before the crash occurred, the Sheriff’s Office reported in a statement.

The agency said, a 46-year old man of Wellington was driving a 2014 Ford Mustang going south on Big Blue Trace at a high rate of speed. He failed to reduce his speed or take evasive action to avoid a collision with a 2015 Jeep Wrangler driven by a 48-year old man.

The report said the front of the Mustang “violently impacted” the back of the Jeep, causing both vehicles to rotate and go off the road. The Mustang came to rest on the shoulder.

The Jeep kept going over the shoulder and onto the sidewalk where it hit Stermer and his dogs. Stermer and his two dogs were flung into the air and Stermer was pronounced dead by Palm Beach County Fire Rescue personnel, the sheriff’s report said.

Both dogs also were killed, sheriff’s spokeswoman said.


Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious pedestrian accident involving two vehicles, which ultimately, resulted in the death of John. J. Stermer. 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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