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Five are Killed in Wreck Caused by Speeding Vehicle

As Pablo Cortes III sped westbound down Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, his girlfriend Jolie Bartolome uploaded a video to Snapchat that displayed their speed: 115 mph. The picture was time-stamped 9:38 pm. Nine minutes later, the 22-year-old Cortes lost control over the vehicle, sending it flying over the median, where it collided with three other vehicles that were traveling in the opposite direction. In all, three adults and two children died in the devastating wreck.

A witness to the accident appeared to be in shock when describing how he watched the VW cross the median and collide with the minivan head-on. The minivan caught fire after the impact. The VW Golf then spun around and hit a Toyota Scion, spewing debris into yet another vehicle. The driver of the minivan lost her life at the scene of the accident. Tragically, two of the children who were passengers of the minivan passed away later at Tampa General Hospital.

Friends and families of the victims are understandably heartbroken. Vigils were held, grief counselors were on-staff at the school the victims attended, and classmates reportedly made cards in remembrance. “I don’t know how we’re going to get through this,” said Gisela Martinez, a cousin of the now-deceased minivan driver.


Alcohol Induced Lamborghini Crash Kills One

Near downtown Delray Beach, a tragic automobile accident resulted in an elderly Boynton Beach man’s death.

Roger Wittenberns and his girlfriend were heading home after an afternoon of drinking in the downtown area when Wittenberns proceeded to collide with another vehicle. The victim, J. Gerald Smith, an 82-year-old Uber driver, was pronounced dead at the scene. Both Wittenberns and his girlfriend were operating their matching yellow sports cars at the time of the incident and were reportedly driving at high speeds. After the accident, Wittenberns’ girlfriend, Patty Ann McQuggin, abandoned her yellow sports car at a nearby pizza shop and fled the scene. Police later located her at the home she shares with Wittenberns. However, she refused to give an official statement about the incident.

While no criminal charges have been pressed, police state that speeding and alcohol played important roles in the accident. The investigation is still ongoing and all evidence will be turned over to the State Attorney’s Office to decide whether they are going to pursue charges.

Driving under the influence severely impairs motor functions and visibility, both of which are imperative to operating a motor vehicle. At Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A., our attorneys are dedicated to seeing that families receive full compensation for their sufferings. If you or someone you love has been involved in a DUI accident, call our offices today at (561) 689-8180 to learn more about your legal options.


1 dead, 1 seriously injured in West Palm Beach mishap

One person was killed and another sustained serious injuries in a recent vehicular accident in West Palm Beach involving three vehicles, a July 17 article of WPTV 5 reported.

According to reports, three vehicles were involved in a collision after 4:00 a.m. on July 16 at the intersection of Okeechobee Boulevard and N. Military Trail. The first collision reportedly occurred when a pickup truck struck the rear portion of a vehicle in the eastbound lane of Okeechobee Boulevard. The impact of the collision pushed the vehicle into the opposite lane and struck a third vehicle. The passenger in the second vehicle identified as Victor Cuxun-Bolvito, 38, was pronounced dead at the scene while driver Edgar Vasquez-Boulvito, 41, sustained serious injuries. West Palm Beach authorities told reports that Ajinkya Kelkar, who was had caused the collision was under the influence of drugs and alcohol when the crash happened.

The wrongful death attorneys at the Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. in West Palm Beach send their deepest condolences to the family and friends who mourn the loss of their loved one.


Man Runs from Two Accidents

26 year old Shomari Alder of West Palm Beach was arrested after causing two car crashes within ten minutes of each other. Alder fled the scene of each accident, even though injuries were caused to the victims. He not only faces hit-and-run charges, but also a charge for driving with a suspended license.

According to witnesses, Alder was driving a Mustang at high speeds on a wet road. His reckless driving caused his car to become stuck under the SUV he rear-ended, so he fled the scene on foot. When authorities caught Alder, they realized he had caused another accident that had occurred just 10 minutes prior. He is being held on $8,000 bond.

Hit-and-run accidents are extremely dangerous as critical help for injured victims may be delayed. If you or a loved one has suffered from a hit-and-run accident, you may be eligible for compensation. To learn more, contact the West Palm Beach car accident lawyers at Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A., at (561) 689-8180 today.


Trooper hurt in West Palm Beach car accident

A highway trooper in Florida recently sustained injuries after the patrol car he was driving was struck by another vehicle in West Palm Beach.

Information coming from a spokesperson for the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) revealed that around 7:00 p.m. on June 2, one of their troopers was involved in an accident near Interstate 95 and 45th Street. FHP Sergeant Mark Wysocky claimed that the trooper’s vehicle was struck on the passenger side as he was attempting to turn left on I-95. Sgt. Wysocky confirmed that the trooper was evaluated at a hospital even though his injuries were considered minor. The driver of the other vehicle, whose name was not released, did not suffer injuries from the accident. No charges were filed yet, but authorities are awaiting investigation results.

The lawyers of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. understand that many people in West Palm Beach suffer serious injuries in car accidents every year. If you or a loved one have been the victim of a serious accident, we may be able to help you receive the compensation you need for recovery. Call our office at (561) 689-8180 to learn more about your legal options.


MMA fighter killed in hit-and-run accident

25-year-old Jordan Parsons, a Florida MMA fighter, was a pedestrian involved in a hit-and-run accident in Delray Beach. The crash occurred just blocks away from the Joca Hybrid Training Center, where Parsons was training for a fight. A driver in a gray sport model Range Rover hit Parsons while he was walking and then immediately left the scene.

Police have gathered several clues, including car parts that were left behind at the scene of the accident. They know the make and model of the car and are hoping to solve the case with help from the public. One officer quickly responded to the scene and was able to apply pressure to an injured limb until an ambulance arrived. The injured leg had to be amputated, and Parsons was placed on life support for several days. Unfortunately, Parsons succumbed to his injuries.

The police are looking for any tips or information that can help further their investigation to find the party responsible for the young man’s death. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Parsons at this time.


Driver hits cyclist

A driver failed to yield to a pack of bicyclists and resulted in several bikes to crash into each other, $5000 in damages to the driver’s car, and even sent one rider to the hospital with severe injuries.

The driver, 60-year-old Evelyn Steadman of Lauderdale Lakes, was driving along North County Lane when she signaled to make a left turn. As she turned onto South Woods Road, rather than yielding to a group of cyclists, she turned into them. One cyclist, a 56-year-old male, was taken to a nearby hospital by ambulance with traumatic injuries though he was wearing a helmet. He is reportedly in stable condition and currently remains in the intensive care unit.

Cycling is fun, economical, and great exercise. Unfortunately, some drivers do not take the proper precautions that are necessary to keep road cyclists safe. While a helmet may have saved the victim’s life, he was still seriously hurt. If you have been injured while cycling due to a negligent driver, call Palm Beach County Florida personal injury attorneys at Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. at (561) 689-8180 to start building a case to fight for financial compensation.


Palm Beach County man wrecks stolen vehicle, injures others

A convicted man is now in a coma after stealing a vehicle and causing multiple accidents during a car chase on Dec. 16. Michael Kungis, a man with 47 felony arrests and 10 convictions, is now in critical condition at a local hospital. Martin County Sheriff William D. Snyder stated in a press conference that Kungis would be charged with reckless driving, fleeing and eluding, and aggravated assault for this latest accident.

The incident began when Kungis was seen loitering near a commercial van at 8:20 that morning. When he initially stole the van, the original operator of the vehicle attempted to grab the car door, resulting in minor injuries. A chase ensued along Interstate 95, at which point Kungis intentionally swerved into patrol cars before losing control of his own vehicle.

Kungis also hit an SUV as the stolen van rolled across northbound and southbound lanes until eventually stopping in the grass along the interstate. The driver of the SUV sustained minor injuries. The severely injured felon was taken to the hospital by Trauma Hawk where he is being treated. Kungis was previously released early from prison in May 2014 after being convicted of commercial fraud and stolen property in September 2012.

The West Palm Beach car accident attorneys at Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. are experienced in handling all types of vehicle incident cases. If you were involved in an accident and are now dealing with medical bills and lost wages from your injuries, please call (561) 689-8180 today. Our office may be able to help you find the compensation you need to move past your accident.


CPSC continues to investigate hoverboard fires

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) stated on December 16 that they will continue to investigate the fire risks linked to hoverboards. “The challenge is to move quickly but also thoroughly and carefully to find out why certain hoverboards caught fire,” CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye stated.

The agency is anticipating many consumers buying these devices for holiday gifts, and officials are working hard to determine best practices for ensuring safety. Aside from fire risks, the CPSC is also aware of several individuals who suffered injuries after falling off of the two-wheel, skateboard-like personal transportation device. The CPSC official website lists several safety tips for consumers to prevent property damage or injuries. Kaye also stated that they will update the public as soon as more information becomes available.

If you live in the West Palm Beach area and have suffered injuries or property damage as a result of defective products, contact the legal team of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. today by calling (561) 689-8180 to learn how we can help you pursue compensation from the responsible party.


Pedestrian Struck and Killed in Hit and Run

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that left one pedestrian dead on December 8. The accident occurred near the Mobil gas station on the corner of Okeechobee Boulevard and Haverhill Road in West Palm Beach around 6:00 a.m. The pedestrian was found on the sidewalk outside of the gas station and remains unidentified.

Police officials rerouted drivers on Okeechobee Boulevard for over an hour as they investigated the scene of the accident. Investigators blocked off the gas station, surrounding it with yellow police tape. They also investigated a silver Ford Focus with a damaged windshield. The car was discovered in the eastbound lanes without license plates.

Police are keeping the identity of the pedestrian private until the story develops further. There is still no evidence if alcohol or other drugs were involved in the accident. Police are planning on releasing more information as the investigation continues.

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