The driver of a van that crashed into people on a busy downtown St. Lucie County street has appeared in court where he was charged with 10 counts of murder and 13 counts of attempted murder.
The van driver appeared in the courtroom in Indian River County wearing a jumpsuit, handcuffs, and said little except to confirm that he understood the proceedings.
Police are still not clear what led the 25-year-old to allegedly drive a rented Ryder van down the busy thoroughfare of Fort Pierce Street. Florida Highway Patrol officials said, “Obviously everyone continues and will continue to have questions about why this happened, what could possibly be the motive behind it.”
The suspect fled the scene in the vehicle but was caught by police on a nearby street less than 30 minutes after the incident. The driver allegedly drove “half mile to one mile” down the street, Florida Highway Patrol officials told The Post. Mobile footage captured him shouting at police to “kill me”.
FHP said the act “looks intentional”, but stopped short of officially referring to it as an attack or an act of terrorism. Police are still investigating whether someone else was involved alongside the driver.
Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious van accident involving several pedestrians, which ultimately, resulted in the death of 10 people and injuries to 13 people. We wish the victims a speedy recovery and 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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