A Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Deputy was driving more than 100 mph on Southern Boulevard in his marked patrol car when he crashed into a Smart car, severely injuring the driver, Hillary James.
The Deputy, who is set to go to trial on reckless driving charges has a history of crashes on the job as well as careless disregard and deliberate indifference for policies, procedures, rules and regulations, according to Internal Affair’s files obtained by the Palm Beach Post.
Investigators say, James made a U-turn east of Cleary Road to head west on Southern six seconds before the impact. In those six seconds, investigators say the Sheriff Deputy traveled a distance of 883 feet. That’s the length of nearly three football fields.
Witnesses told investigators the light-blue Smart car rolled over several times before it came to its final stop, facing south on the sidewalk just before Cleary and Florida’s Turnpike.
James, who was 22, was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, where his spleen was removed. According to the investigative report, James also had a skull fracture, a traumatic brain injury, a broken left arm, a broken back, several broken ribs and a broken pelvis.
The Sheriff Deputy has been on unpaid leave from the sheriff’s office.
Well before that critical crash, the sheriff’s office documented several traffic-related incidents in the deputy’s career, Internal Affairs records show.
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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