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Lake Worth-Area Man Sentenced In DUI Manslaughter Case

SOUTH BAY — A suburban Lake Worth man has been sentenced to more than a year in state prison for manslaughter after he was convicted in a fatal crash that killed his passenger.

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During a sentencing hearing, a Circuit Judge sentenced the 46-year old to 18 months in prison, to be followed by 10 years of probation and 100 hours of community service. He was credited with 387 days of jail time already served.

He pleaded guilty to one count each of DUI manslaughter and driving without a license. According to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, he was driving a Ford F-350 pickup when he drove through a stop at a South Bay intersection and crashed into a school bus. The truck ended up in a nearby canal.

His passenger, Wilson A. Granajo, 20, of West Palm Beach died at the scene. The 46-year old sustained minor injuries. During the investigation immediately after the crash, deputies determined that he was impaired. They received a warrant to obtain a blood sample.

The driver of the school bus, who was the only occupant was not hurt, according to FHP.

The sample was collected at Lakeside Medical Center in Belle Glade, where the 46-year old was taken after the crash. According to the hospital staff, he had a blood-alcohol level of .233, nearly three times the legal limit for intoxication in Florida, according to the sheriff’s office.

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Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious accident resulting in a fataltiy. We hope the investigators can quickly determine what caused the accident. Please be careful and obey the speed limits whenever you are driving a motorcycle, car, SUV or truck. We hope that all parties involved consult with an experienced trial lawyer. If you have been injured in an accident, call my office for a free consultation and find out what your rights are.”

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David John Bartolino Struck And Killed By Drunk Driver While Crossing The Street

A driver has been arrested in connection with a deadly pedestrian crash.

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David John Bartolino, 46, of Boca Raton, was crossing the Lantana Bridge on E. Ocean Ave., when a Mercedes Benz C280 struck and killed him, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The driver, identified as a 57-year old man of Boynton Beach, refused to give a voluntary blood sample, according to an affidavit.

The 57-year old asked to be taken to a hospital where his blood was drawn, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Blood was also drawn based on a warrant. All of the tests showed a blood-alcohol level above the legal limit of .08, according to FHP.

A trooper wrote in a report that the 57-year old failed to see Bartolino crossing the road even though the pedestrian was wearing an orange reflective vest. Based on the distance of the pedestrian from the crash scene, the 57-year old was traveling at least 59 mph in a 30-mile zone, troopers concluded.

The 27-year old has been charged with DUI and vehicular homicide and was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail.

Anyone with additional information concerning the crash should contact FHP.

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Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious accident resulting in the death of a pedestrian. We hope the investigators can quickly determine what caused the accident. Please be careful and obey the speed limits whenever you are driving a motorcycle, car, SUV or truck. We hope that all parties involved consult with an experienced trial lawyer. If you have been injured in an accident, call my office for a free consultation and find out what your rights are.”

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DEA Agent Accused Of Causing Wreck In Palm Beach County

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. – A South Florida DEA agent is under arrest, accused of driving under the influence and causing a crash.

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The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said the 56-year old rear-ended a car at a red light at S. Jog Road and Olive Tree Blvd. in Greenacres causing that car to spin out.

The 56-year old then hit another vehicle, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Two people in the vehicle that was rear-ended were taken to the hospital with minor injuries, documents show.

According to an arrest report, a deputy said he could smell alcohol on the 56-year old man’s breath, his eyes were glassy, his speech was slurred, and he was unsteady on his feet.

The man refused a breathalyzer test on the scene, the Sheriff’s Office said.

He’s now facing charges of driving under the influence with property damage, and driving under the influence with injury to others.

The Miami field office of the Drug Enforcement Administration confirms that he is an agent in South Florida, but would not comment further.

The general public is adviced to contact the Florida Highway Patrol officials if they have any relevant information relating to the crash.

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Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious accident resulting in several serious injuries. We hope the investigators can quickly determine what caused the accident. Please be careful and obey the speed limits whenever you are driving a motorcycle, car, SUV or truck. We hope that all parties involved consult with an experienced trial lawyer. If you have been injured in an accident, call my office for a free consultation and find out what your rights are.”

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Trooper Hurt In I-95 Crash Recovering And In Good Spirits

FHP Trooper Mithil Patel who was injured near Bridge Road in Hobe Sound is recovering.

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The Florida Highway Patrol trooper struck by a car as he stood alongside Interstate 95 in southern Martin County “continues to recover and is in good spirits,” the agency said.

Trooper Mithil Patel was expected to leave St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach and might speak to reporters by the end of the week, a FHP Lieutenant said. The Lieutenant thanked the public “for all your warm thoughts for Trooper Patel and the FHP family.”

Authorities said Patel, 31, of Fort Pierce was struck in the right lane of northbound I-95 just north of Bridge Road, about 10 miles north of the Martin-Palm Beach county line.

Patel was investigating an earlier crash involving a 23-year old of Pompano Beach, and the two were on the highway’s shoulder when one car struck another, sending it spinning into the men, according to a report. Patel was thrown by the impact.

The dramatic video captured by WPEC-TV Channel 12, which had responded to the initial crash, drew national attention.

Bottex, 65, suffered minor injuries. He and the driver of the first car, could not be reached. The other 24-year old driver, of Wellington, declined to comment.

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Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious accident resulting in several serious injuries. We hope the investigators can quickly determine what caused the accident. Please be careful and obey the speed limits whenever you are driving a motorcycle, car, SUV or truck. We hope that all parties involved consult with an experienced trial lawyer. If you have been injured in an accident, call my office for a free consultation and find out what your rights are.”

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Kinsey Jones Sincavage And Aiden Ketzham Hospitalized Following Crash In Lake Worth

LAKE WORTH, Fla. – A man and a child were hospitalized following a crash in Lake Worth, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

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The incident happened near Lake Avenue and N. F Street.

According to witnesses, a motorcycle was weaving east on Lake Avenue, hit the brakes to avoid a crash and hit the curb, sending the driver, 35-year-old Kinsey Jones Sincavage, and his passenger, 11-year-old Aiden Ketzham, to the ground.

Witnesses added that a pickup truck ran them over, leaving Sincavage pinned under the wheel and Ketzham under the frame of the vehicle.

Both victims were extricated from underneath the vehicle by firefighters and transported to a local hospital, according to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue.

According to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Kinsey Jones Sincavage is in critical condition and Aiden Ketzham is in serious condition.

The Lake Worth police department is urging anyone with vital information relating to the crash to contact either the Florida Highway Patrol or the Lake Worth police.

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Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious accident resulting in serious injuries. We hope the investigators can quickly determine what caused the accident. Please be careful and obey the speed limits whenever you are driving a motorcycle, car, SUV or truck. We hope that all parties involved consult with an experienced trial lawyer. If you have been injured in an accident, call my office for a free consultation and find out what your rights are.”

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1 Child Dead, 45 People Hurt In Palm Beach Charter Bus Crash

A child was killed and at least 45 people were injured when a charter bus carrying youth football players from Boca Raton rolled off an interstate and overturned in Palm Beach County, authorities said.

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Palm Beach County Police said the bus crashed along Interstate 95 near Wellington, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) southwest of Broward County. Police said most of the injured were children and that they were taken to hospitals in Delray Beach.

The elementary-school-age children in Royal Palm Beach were returning home after playing in a football tournament, according to the Florida Highway Patrol officials.

One of half a dozen adults on the bus, said the players had been playing in all-star games. He told The Post that the bus swerved then flipped before landing on its side at the foot of an embankment.

“When the bus started flipping, the kids were hollering, and we were trying to calm them down,” he said in an interview from Delray Hospital, where he was treated for injuries to his right side and leg. “I was holding on, trying to make sure I didn’t get thrown out.”

Teams and coaches affiliated have not returned phone calls or emails giving comments.

At a news conference in Boca Raton, a Florida Highway Patrol Lieutenant said a third grader from the school died in the crash. He did not reveal the child’s name.

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Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious accident resulting in several serious injuries. We hope the investigators can quickly determine what caused the accident. Please be careful and obey the speed limits whenever you are driving a motorcycle, car, SUV or truck. We hope that all parties involved consult with an experienced trial lawyer. If you have been injured in an accident, call my office for a free consultation and find out what your rights are.”

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Indian River County Car Accident Leaves 32-Year Old Severely Injured

Indian River County car accident injures six people and leaves 32-year old severely injured, authorities report.

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On his way to work, the 32-year-old fell asleep at the wheel of his car, veering off the side of the road and rolling his vehicle, before colliding with another vehicle.

He hit his head and was thrown from the car, leaving him with extensive injuries and later fighting for life.

He suffered broken ribs, internal punctures, spinal injuries and serious damage to his brain. He’s now receiving ongoing treatment at a hospital in Hobe Sound in Martin County.

The passengers and the driver in the other car he hit, were also taken to a nearby hospital, three are in critical conditions, while two sustained non-life threatening injuries, according to FHP.

“When we were told they were in a car accident, we were petrified not knowing whether he was alive or dead,” the 32-year old mans fiancée said.

“We didn’t know what was happening, we just knew he’d been in an accident.

“Once he got to the hospital, the doctors didn’t have much hope for him. They didn’t think he would make it beyond the two-week mark but he has improved, so we’re hopeful.”

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Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious accident resulting in several serious injuries. We hope the investigators can quickly determine what caused the accident. Please be careful and obey the speed limits whenever you are driving a motorcycle, car, SUV or truck. We hope that all parties involved consult with an experienced trial lawyer. If you have been injured in an accident, call my office for a free consultation and find out what your rights are.”

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33-Year Old Dies After Being Struck At A Fort Pierce Intersection

A woman died when she was hit by a SUV in Fort Pierce just two blocks from where an 11-year-old boy was struck and killed recently, cops said.

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The 33-year old victim of Manhattan was crossing the street at West 95th Street and West End Avenue when she was struck by a black 2004 Ford Expedition driven by an unidentified 50-year-old man. The SUV dragged her nearly a half block before stopping, a bystander said.

The victim was rushed to St. Lucie County hospital where she later died of a serious head injury, police said.

The driver remained at the scene and was being questioned by cops. Prosecutors from FHP office were determining whether he would be charged, sources said.

The accident happened just two blocks from where an 11-year-old was killed when he was struck by a yellow cab driver.

The 11-year old was walking hand-in-hand with his dad in a crosswalk at West 97th Street near West End Avenue when he was struck.

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Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious accident resulting in a fatality. We hope the investigators can quickly determine what caused the accident. Please be careful and obey the speed limits whenever you are driving a motorcycle, car, SUV or truck. We hope that all parties involved consult with an experienced trial lawyer. If you have been injured in an accident, call my office for a free consultation and find out what your rights are.”

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Funeral Services Held For Trooper Killed In Crash

A 36-year old Trooper was killed when his vehicle was rear-ended by a box truck as he waited to make a turn into a trooper station in Broward County. His vehicle was then pushed into the path of an oncoming pickup truck.

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The 36-year old was declared dead at the Broward County general hospital, Florida Highway Patrol said. His death is considered an on-duty death, state police officials said.

The 36-year old, a six-year State Police veteran, worked eight years as a correction officer for Broward Police Department before joining the Florida Highway Patrol. A native of neighboring Indian River County, he lived in St. Lucie County with his wife and their 6-year-old daughter.

A Broward Police Superintendent told mourners, who filled Lighthouse Paint Church in the County, that it was evident at an early age that the 36-year old wanted to serve in uniform.

“Hard-working, aggressive, he loved making arrests and was passionate about getting impaired drivers off our roads,” the Superintendent said. “That is the kind of officer you want out patroling your community.”

During his remarks the Superintendent announced the 36-year old was posthumously promoted to Sergeant because he was in line for a promotion at the time of his death.

The cause of the crash still remains under investigation.

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Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious accident resulting in a fatality. We hope the investigators can quickly determine what caused the accident. Please be careful and obey the speed limits whenever you are driving a motorcycle, car, SUV or truck. We hope that all parties involved consult with an experienced trial lawyer. If you have been injured in an accident, call my office for a free consultation and find out what your rights are.”

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Trooper Mithil Patel Struck While Investigating I-95 Crash North Of Jupiter

HOBE SOUND — A Florida Highway Patrol Trooper is in serious condition at a West Palm Beach hospital after a car struck him as he stood on the side of Interstate 95 in southern Martin County investigating a crash, authorities confirmed.

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A 2017 Audi A3 hit Trooper Mithil Patel, 31, of Fort Pierce in the right lane of northbound I-95 just north of Bridge Road, FHP said. He was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach , a Florida Highway Patrol Lieutenant, said.

According to a preliminary report, Clifford Perry, 43, of Hobe Sound was driving his 2012 Chevrolet Express north on the inside lane of the expressway and Jenna M. Baxter, 24, of Wellington was in the Audi just ahead of Perry.

Patel and Rony Bottex, 65, of Pompano Beach were standing on the side of the highway. Rony Bottex was the driver in the crash Patel was investigating. Baxter slowed and Perry’s car struck hers, causing it to spin clockwise and strike Patel.

Bottex fell but was not struck by any vehicle, the report said. He suffered minor injuries and was taken to Martin Memorial South Hospital in Stuart.

Perry was taken to Martin Hospital South with minor injuries, the report. It said he was wearing a seat belt. Baxter was not hurt. The report doesn’t clarify whether she wore a belt.

Alcohol is not believed to be involved in the crash, the report said. It took place at mile marker 96, west of Hobe Sound and about 8 miles north of the Palm Beach-Martin county line, Martin County Fire Rescue said.

WPEC-TV Channel 12, which had come to the scene to report on the initial crash, captured video of the trooper and the second man standing by a vehicle and another vehicle spinning into the two.

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Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious accident resulting in several serious injuries. We hope the investigators can quickly determine what caused the accident. Please be careful and obey the speed limits whenever you are driving a motorcycle, car, SUV or truck. We hope that all parties involved consult with an experienced trial lawyer. If you have been injured in an accident, call my office for a free consultation and find out what your rights are.”

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