A driver who fatally struck two Girl Scouts and a mother along a Wellington highway was huffing chemicals prior to the crash, police said.
The 24-year old turned himself in to police after the crash in Boca Raton that also sent another girl to the hospital, the Post reports.
Police identified the victims as a 13-year old both of Palm Beach, as well as a 9-year old, and her 35-year-old mother, both of Boulevard. They were picking up trash along the highway when they were cut down.
Another girl who was not immediately identified remained hospitalized in stable condition, according to the newspaper.
The 24-year old man’s truck was found abandoned in Palm Beach Gardens after an officer tracked leaking fluid nearly two miles from the crash scene. A passenger in the 24-year old man’s truck also surrendered to police, but that suspect had not been identified, the newspaper reported.
The man was scheduled to appear in court. He’s expected to face 9 possible charges.
Police and witnesses said the man was speeding on a highway when his truck veered into a shallow ditch where the girls were picking up trash.
The man and his unidentified passenger both admitted to huffing chemicals prior to the crash, police said. He has a previous conviction for drunken driving.
The injured girls were students at the elementary schools in Palm Beach County, where grief counselors were on hand as classes.
Attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded about the crash. “Cases involving accidents with trucks are always subject to heightened scrutiny because of the additional regulations placed on drivers of those vehicles. Unfortunately, in our practice, we have seen numerous instances where drivers blatantly violate these regulations, which results in catastrophic consequences.”
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