A pickup truck lurched off a road in western Boca Raton and hit a group of Boy Scouts picking up trash in the ditch, leaving five boys and two adults dead and critically injuring a sixth boy, police said.
A sergeant of the Palm Beach Police Department said, the driver of the black Ford F-150 pickup truck fled the scene but later turned himself in. He identified the driver as a 26-year old man, of Fort Pierce.
Florida Highway Patrol officials said, the 26-year-old driver will be charged with four counts of homicide through the negligent use of a vehicle. It was not clear why the vehicle veered off the road, but local residents said the road in the area was dangerous and there had been numerous accidents there.
The crash happened as the boys were picking up litter in a ditch in Boca Raton a town about 95 miles east of Delray Beach.
The boys were in the fourth grade at an Elementary School in the County, the Tribune quoted a relative of a boy in the troop who was not injured as saying. The Boys Scouts were all wearing bright safety vests and were accompanied by several adults.
Four of the boys and two adults were pronounced dead at the scene. A fifth boy Scout was transported to a hospital where he later died, FHP said. The sixth boy was transported to a hospital in critical condition.
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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