Twenty People Confirmed Dead After Wellington Car Tragedy
A crash was reported in the northbound lanes of Wellington 62nd Street and initially involving one motorcyclist, FHP officials said.
After the crash, several people stopped at the scene to help the motorcycle rider and were using their vehicles to protect the rider from being struck, according to Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue Captain. Shortly after, a Honda Accord crashed into the people and vehicles at the scene, leading to a mass casualty incident and 27 people hurt.
The Honda driver stayed at the scene and was speaking to investigators. The vehicle was later towed away. Nine people died where the crash happened and eleven others died at Delray Medical Center, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
A Florida Highway Patrol announced the arrest of a 32-year-old man, who was taken into custody on suspicion of committing eight counts of DUI manslaughter, two counts of DUI with serious bodily injury, three counts of DUI with property damage and one count of resisting arrest with violence.
The driver was being held at a Correctional Center in Wellington.
The identities of the twenty people that had lost their lives in the crash are still being withheld according to 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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