Man Arrested On Multiple Charges In Jupiter Crash
JUPITER — A young teen of suburban West Palm Beach died in a three-vehicle wreck on Indiantown Road after the driver of the vehicle he was traveling in reached speeds of more than double the posted limit, according to a Jupiter police report.
He ran multiple red lights as he drove west on Indiantown Road in the moments before the three-vehicle wreck that would claim the life of one of his four teenage passengers, a 15-year-old teen of suburban West Palm Beach, police said.
The driver, who had just turned 35, was arrested on a warrant on multiple charges, including vehicular manslaughter, reckless driving and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
He is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail with a bail hearing scheduled. It was initially postponed when Circuit Judge Ted Booras, who presides over first-appearance hearings at the jail, recused himself from the case. A message left at Booras’ office was not immediately returned.
Jail records list the driver as having an address in the Volusia County city of Port Orange, but records show he previously lived near West Palm Beach.
The crash, in which two vehicles caught fire, took place at the intersection of Indiantown and Pennock Lane.
Multiple witnesses told investigators the driver reached speeds at or near 100 mph as he drove through the stop lights along Indiantown, where the speed limit is 45 mph.
The wreck injured all eight people riding in the three vehicles. Six were taken as trauma patients to St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, including the victim, who died a week after the crash.
The driver went through a stop light at Indiantown and Pennock, and his Acura struck a Dodge Durango SUV that had the green light and was headed south on Pennock across Indiantown, the arrest report said.
The impact sent both vehicles into Indiantown’s eastbound lanes, and the SUV hit the front of a 2004 Nissan Frontier truck as it spun out, according to the police report.
He ultimately crashed into a wooden utility pole and the Acura’s engine compartment caught fire. Police officers used extinguishers to put out the flames.
The Durango overturned and also caught fire, coming to a rest on its passenger side. The Nissan had disabling damage to the entire front bumper and engine compartment, police said.
The driver and the passenger went to St. Mary’s with critical injuries, along with an 18-year-old man, a 17-year-old boy and 16-year-old boy who also were seated in the Acura.
The driver of Nissan, identified as an 18-year-old man of Jupiter, also was taken to St. Mary’s with non-life-threatening injuries. The Durango’s driver and her 20-year-old passenger were treated for minor injuries at Jupiter Medical Center.
Attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded about the crash. “Whenever you are behind the wheel of a car, please make sure you are paying attention to all road signs and signals. If you are in an accident where someone didn’t follow the posted signs or signals, please call me so that we can discuss your rights.”
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