Woman Faces Vehicular Homicide Charge After Greenacres Crash
GREENACRES — A Wellington woman is facing vehicular homicide and DUI manslaughter charges after a crash in Greenacres that killed a Riviera Beach man.
A judge set bail at $100,000 for the woman, 34, following her arrest. She remains in the Palm Beach County Jail at this time.
The Palm Beach County Public Defender’s Office, which represents her, does not comment on open cases.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said she started a crash at the intersection of Jog Road and Summit Boulevard that killed a 54-year-old.
It said she was southbound on Jog, approaching the intersection in a 2015 Honda Accord and that she “failed to reduce speed or take any kind of evasive action” to avoid crashing into two vehicles already stopped at the traffic signal.
Her car struck the victim and his 1996 Suzuki GSX motorcycle, pushing them into the rear of a 2001 Toyota Tundra pickup, according to her arrest report. The impact sent all three vehicles into the intersection, and the victim fell from his motorcycle. Paramedics declared him dead at the scene.
The woman sustained injuries in the wreck and received treatment at Wellington Regional Medical Center. Toxicology tests done about 75 minutes after the crash found traces of fentanyl and cocaine in her blood, according to the PBSO report.
Investigators say they suspect she passed out behind the wheel before the crash.
The report said she told investigators that the victim had been weaving through traffic behind her on Jog Road and then moved in front of her and slammed on the motorcycle’s brakes as he approached the traffic signal.
Attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this accident. “It is so important to be aware of motorcyclists on the road because of the severity of their injuries in accidents. There was a public service campaign that encouraged drivers to look left, right and left again just to provide added protection to motorcyclists. If you were injured in an accident and want to discuss your rights, please contact my office for a free consolation”.
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