35-Year-Old Driver Charged After Causing Crash That Killed 13 People And Left 14 Critical
The driver of a van that ploughed into people on a busy downtown Palm Beach County street has appeared in court where he was charged with 13 counts of murder and 14 counts of attempted murder.
The van driver appeared in the courtroom in Palm Beach County wearing a jumpsuit, handcuffs, and said little except to confirm that he understood the proceedings.
Police are still not clear what led the 35-year-old to allegedly drive a rented Ryder van down the busy thoroughfare of West Palm 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 officials on a nearby street less than 30 minutes after the incident. The driver allegedly drove a 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”.
Florida Highway Patrol 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 the driver had acted with someone else.
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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