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.
A high school football player in West Palm Beach, Florida recently had his leg amputated after sustaining injuries from a drunken driver, a report of WPTV stated on October 28.
Information coming from the authorities of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office revealed that Frank Velasquez, 17, was with another friend on October 27 when the two were struck by a vehicle and pinned to a parked vehicle. Frank, a student at Forest Hill High School, was also the kicker for the school’s senior football team. Reports confirmed that Frank lost a leg while being treated at a hospital. Frank’s friends and teammates were devastated upon learning about the incident as he was one of their favorite players on the team.
The lawyers at Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. strongly believe that victims of drunken driving collisions should receive the compensations they need to sustain their living while disabled. If you were injured by a drunk driver, we can offer legal assistance to pursue damage claims against negligent parties. Call us today at (561) 689-8180 to find out how we may work for you.
A vehicle that went airborne in West Palm Beach recently caused five personal injuries, a report of PalmBeachPost.com reported on September 23.
The accident happened on September 22 at a parking lot just outside of a Popeye’s restaurant. A vehicle reportedly went airborne and landed on top of two other vehicles. Trenia Robinson and her grandson were inside of one of the vehicles. Both of them were in the parking lot waiting for their order when the accident happened. However, Robinson and the child did not suffer serious injuries . Five others were brought to the hospital following the accident. A spokesperson for the West Palm Beach authorities reported that they have not issued a citation yet because they are still investigating the incident.
The lawyers at Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. advocate for people in West Palm Beach who have suffered injuries after being involved in a car accident. If you are in this situation, we can help you obtain the compensation you need for a fast recovery. Call our offices today at (561) 689-8180 to begin taking your legal actions against negligent parties.
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.
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.
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.
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.
West Palm Beach residents living along Haverhill Road who are concerned about their safety recently proposed a reduction in the speed limit that they feel could mitigate the number of accidents on their road. Though the current speed limit on the Haverhill Road stretch is 40 mph, an officer of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office found out that some vehicles are traveling as fast as 60 mph after clocking a number of vehicles in one day.
A long-time resident identified as Terry Hadley stated that she has been forced to replace her mailbox many times as vehicles often lose control and crash into her front yard due to excessive speed. Despite residents’ requests, authorities have stated that the current speed limit is “appropriate” and that they have no plans to reduce it at the moment.
Unfortunately, families are at risk of suffering physical, financial, and emotional damage when they or a loved one is involved in accidents caused by speeding vehicles. That’s why the attorneys at Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. work to help accident victims recover compensation from the responsible parties in order to offset the cost of recovery. To speak to our West Palm Beach attorneys today, call (561) 689-8180.
A Belle Glade man was killed on Oct. 23 after he was struck by a pickup truck while riding his bicycle. The hit-and-run accident occurred just before 8 p.m. at the corner of South Main Street and Southwest Avenue F in Belle Glade. The Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office stated that the victim, 67-year-old Aaron Little, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The truck was driving on Southwest Avenue F before entering the intersection where the collision occurred. The incident occurred when the truck was turning right onto South Main Street, striking Little on his bike.
The truck that hit Little and fled the scene was described as a light blue pick-up truck with an extra cab. The driver of the truck was reported to be around 200 pounds, 5-feet and 9-inches tall, bald, and bearded. The truck driver removed himself from his vehicle to check on Little before vacating the scene. Eye-witnesses noted he was wearing a white tank top, jeans, and Timberland boots.
A West Palm Beach Police Officer was injured when a woman illegally turned in front of his car on September 17. It was suspected that the woman, Cynthia Osborne, was driving under the influence at the time of the accident.
Osborne was driving a black BMW when she attempted to turn at the intersection of Australian Avenue and Worthington, at which point the accident with officer First Class Eric Evrley occurred. Initial investigations resulted in the discovery of an open wine bottle in Osborne’s vehicle.
The woman refused to submit a blood test after the accident. It was then discovered that she was driving without a license. Osborne is now facing multiple charges, including: felony DUI, refusal to submit blood, and driving without a license.Both drivers have been released from the hospital where they received treatment for their injuries.
Driving under the influence is a dangerous decision that often results in the injury of the driver and other individuals on the road. The West Palm Beach law offices of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. are dedicated to holding drunk drivers accountable for the injuries they cause. Please call (561) 689-8180 today if you or a loved one was injured in an automobile accident and would like to discuss your legal options.