One person has been confirmed injured after a van fleeing police slammed into an oncoming silver Honda, FHP reports.
According to the arrest report, a 34-year old man’s evening began to go south when a resident of Granada Road spotted the man rummaging through a neighbor’s Toyota Rav 4 and then leaving in a white van.
The resident called police with a description of the man and the vehicle. An officer spotted the van driving north on Dixie Highway headed for the intersection of Okeechobee.
The officer reported the van was going about 35 mph until the officer turned on the cruiser’s lights and siren, at which point the van sped up, running two red lights and heading north into a stretch of Dixie that is one-way going south. The van narrowly missed a Florida Highway Patrol cruiser eastbound but then slammed into an oncoming silver Honda.
Authorities say the Honda’s driver, though taken to the hospital, did not appear to be seriously hurt. Rescue crews had to pry the van driver, later identified as a 34-year old, out of that vehicle. The van had been reported stolen in Riviera Beach that day, according to the arrest report.
The 34-year old driver was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center, but a West Palm Beach Police sergeant said the 34-year old has been since moved to the jail.
Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious wrong-way accident involving a van, which ultimately, resulted in injuries. We wish the victim 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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