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Driver Arrested In Michigan For Deadly DUI Manslaughter In Wellington Crash

A driver has been arrested in connection with the death of a pedestrian, John Stermer, in Wellington.

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The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office says 74-year old John Stermer of Wellington was walking his dogs on the pedestrian sidewalk on Big Blue Trace just when a 25-year old man of Wellington attempted to overtake the vehicle in front of him.

The 25-year old, who was in a 2014 Ford Mustang, struck the rear of a Jeep Wrangler causing it to rotate and travel onto the sidewalk where it struck Stermer and his dogs, according to the sheriff’s office.

In its report, the sheriff’s office said the 25-year old failed to reduce his speed or take evasive action to avoid a collision.

Stermer succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead by Palm Beach County Fire Rescue personnel.

The 25-year old driver received minor injuries and the driver of the Jeep sustained serious injuries.

The sheriff’s office says investigators located the driver with the help of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Task Force and arrested him.

He faces DUI manslaughter, vehicle homicide, DUI causing serious bodily injury, and reckless driving causing serious bodily injury.

He is currently awaiting extradition, according to PBSO.


Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious accident resulting in a fatality. 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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