A tractor trailer in Palm Beach Gardens veered off the road and struck a group of Boys Scouts and their chaperones who were picking up trash, a Florida Highway Patrol spokesman told the post.
Three fourth-graders and one adult woman were killed, and a fourth boy remains in critical condition, reports the Florida Highway Patrol officials. Police say the driver fled but was later caught by the Palm Beach police department. He has been identified as a 31-year-old from Boca Raton, and he faces four counts of homicide through negligent use of a vehicle.
Florida Highway Patrol is not sure what caused the accident. They say the 31-year-old driver’s black Ford F-150 came over a hill, crossed a lane, swerved into a ditch, and struck the boys, who were wearing bright safety vests.
Although the crash still is still under investigation, the PBSO says it suspects the 31-year- old driver was under the influence of either alcohol or drugs, before swerving into the ditch.
Anyone with additional information relating to the car crash should contact the Florida Highway Patrol.
Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious accident resulting in fatalities. 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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