Woman Remorseful After Causing West Palm Beach Crash That Left Her Granddaughter And Seven Others Injured
A West Palm Beach woman whose toddler was hurt in a fiery car crash near Lake Park has been fined for failing to properly restrain her granddaughter.
The 76-year old, pleaded guilty to negligence causing harm when she faced West Palm Beach County Magistrates Court.
The outcome a $1000 fine – was most likely secondary to the anguish the 76-year old felt after learning of her 2-year-old’s injuries.
The court heard the 76-year old had been driving towards Lake Park with her granddaughter in the back seat, her 9-months old was secure in his car seat, but her 2-year old was only restrained by an adult lap belt.
The court heard that she fell asleep near Lake Park and Wellington, she was driving when she ran off the road and into a school bus.
Passing drivers helped save the grandmother and children from the upturned car before it burst into intense flames.
The three were treated at Delray Beach and later the 2-year old girl was transferred to Martin County for treatment of a swollen spleen, internal bleeding and two fractured vertebrae.
Six people in the school bus had sustain injuries and are currently being treated at the Delray Medical Center.
Attorney Jason Weisser of Shuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded about the crash. “Whenever you are behind the wheel of a car, please make sure you are not being distracted by texting, talking on your phone or communicating with your passengers. If you are in an accident where someone didn’t follow the posted signs or signals, please call me so that we can discuss your rights.”
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