Florida Highway Patrol and the Palm Beach County police department have identified the two people who died in a fiery head-on car crash after a vehicle headed the wrong way down an Interstate 95 exit ramp in Boca Raton.
Veronica M. Leonard, 38, of Boynton Beach, was driving a 2012 Kia Optima when she had made a wrong turn from Palmetto Park Road and had entered the southbound I-95 exit ramp, a Florida Highway Patrol Lieutenant said in a report.
The Kia Optima then collided with a 2018 Hyundai Sonata, driven by 36-year-old George Peters of Fort Lauderdale, who was exiting I-95. The Hyundai caught fire on impact and became engulfed flames, Florida Highway Patrol officials said.
Veronica Leonard and George Peters were pronounced dead at the scene by Boca Raton Fire Rescue crews. The Florida Highway Patrol report indicates George was from the United Kingdom.
Veronica was wearing a safety belt, while George was not.
The crash, which is still under investigation, occurred near a section of Palmetto Park Road interchange that is in a construction zone. Express lanes are being added there.
Anyone with information relating to what must have caused the crash should inform the Florida Highway Patrol officials.
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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