Authorities in Palm Beach County say a man died in a car crash involving a police officer.
According to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office report, Bruce Jakes, 56 of West Palm Beach was driving a 2018 Camry northbound on Military Trail south of Delray Beach Road in the left turn lane.
At the same time, a 2015 Chevrolet Traverse was traveling southbound on Military Trail north of Delray Beach Road in the outside lane.
The Traverse was an unmarked Boca Raton police SUV driven by a 27-year-old police sergeant.
A third vehicle, a 2018 Nissan Maxima, was stopped for a red light at the intersection of Military Trail and Delray Beach Road facing eastbound.
As the Traverse entered the intersection under a green light, Bruce Jakes turned left into the path of police vehicle. This caused a collision between the front of the Traverse and the driver side of the Camry.
After the wreck, the Traverse was redirected in a southwest direction and collided with the Maxima.
Jakes was transported to Delray Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Three of his passengers were also pronounced dead in a hospital.
The police sergeant was transported to Boca Community Hospital with minor injuries. The driver of the Maxima was uninjured.
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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