A family vacationing in Riviera Beach was critically injured when a speeding pickup slammed into the back of their van, Delray Beach police said.
James Bieber of Mexico; his sister, 29-year-old Hannah Jakes of San Francisco; and her three children, were critically injured by the time rescue crews reached them in their crushed minivan.
A Chevy Silverado slammed into the back of the family’s 2018 Dodge Caravan at “a very high rate of speed” on South Federal Highway south of Linton Boulevard, police said.
Witnesses estimated the pickup, driven by a 38-year-old man, was going about 100 mph when it swerved to avoid traffic ahead of it and rear-ended the minivan waiting to turn east into the Tropic Isle community on La-Mat Avenue. Police said the family spent the day in Boynton Beach and was returning to the home they rented on Florida Boulevard.
The truck and the van crossed the median into the northbound lanes and collided with a Buick Encore. The totaled van became stuck between the truck and the Encore.
Riviera Beach Fire Rescue authorities had to separate the vehicles before they could reach the four people inside the van. All were critically injured and rushed to a nearby hospital.
Attorney Jason Weisser of Shuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to distracted driving. “In my many years as a Personal Injury Lawyer I’ve helped many victims that were injured because someone was distracted and crashed into their vehicles. If you’ve been injured by someone because they weren’t paying attention to the road, please call me so I can help you get compensation for your damages.”
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