A BMW being shown to prospective buyers at a crowded indoor auto auction suddenly accelerated with a screech of its tires and crashed through a wall, killing six people, including a man working his first day there, and injuring twelve.
An auction employee in his 50’s was behind the wheel of the 2006 BMW when it apparently launched out of control and mowed people down at the Auto Auction in Palm Beach County, the Post reports.
Two man and four women were killed in the crash. Witnesses said, five of the injured had life-threatening injuries but the driver was not hospitalized.
“The preliminary investigation suggests this is a tragic accident,” a Palm Beach County officer says. The police officer identified one of the six people killed as his younger brother, who was in his 40’s. He lived in Boynton Beach and had four children.
He said, it was his first day working at the Auto Auction. An auto auction employee who saw the crash, told the Post, “the building has eight lanes in which vehicles on the auction block line up.”
“People were standing between the lanes when one vehicle suddenly took off,” he said. “I heard a screeching of tires,” he said. “In avoiding the cars, whoever was driving this vehicle hit several people.”
The Florida Highway Patrol Department said, the major cause of the car incident is still under investigation and urges anyone with relevant information to contact the department.
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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