WEST PALM BEACH — Authorities have criminally charged the motorist who admitted to striking and killing champion distance runner Jose Laboy as Laboy jogged in his suburban West Palm Beach neighborhood.
The 45-year-old is charged with leaving the scene of a crash with death. He was booked at the Palm Beach County Jail, and a judge set his bail at $15,000. The man said he did not want to comment.
Laboy, 55, was struck and killed by the 2015 BMW M4 which the 45-year-old was driving, as he jogged on Fair Green Road near Stoneway Lane in his neighborhood, north of Belvedere Road and east of Jog Road.
The car was heading east and Laboy west. The impact sent Laboy onto the car’s windshield and into the air, reports said.
A PBSO report said the 45-year-old, who was not hurt, called 911 about 25 minutes after the crash, identifying himself and saying he’d struck a pedestrian and that his wife was driving him back to the collision site.
Investigators later traced an oil leak to the garage of the 45-year-old man’s home, a few blocks away, and found a second trail that led from the garage south and west a few blocks, where the car became disabled, the report said.
Attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded about the crash. “A Hit-and-run is one of the worst type of accidents. When that person that fled the scene is caught you have rights that are different then in a regular car crash. Make sure you speak to a licensed professional about your rights”.
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