In an accident described as “every parent’s worst fear,” five young people died on April 13 in Riviera Beach when a Mercedes exiting Interstate 95 struck their car.
Police reports indicate that the Mercedes was speeding and ran a red light prior to the fatal collision. Those killed ranged in age from 14 to 22, and included three teenagers.
According to the State Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were close to 228,000 Florida auto accidents in 2011. In those collisions, 2,400 people were killed and more than 180,000 were injured.
A news account of the deadly I-95 accident stated that according to Florida Highway Lt. Tim Frith, A 2008 Mercedes exited Interstate 95 speeding shortly after midnight, and also ran a red light located in Rivera Beach, which was roughly five miles north of West Palm Beach.
The vehicle slammed into a 1994 Lexus, and the impact ejected four out of five people from the car. Unfortunately, only one passenger was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. Pronounced dead at the scene were four of the five passengers, and the fifth died after being transported to a nearby hospital.
The driver of the Mercedes was taken to a hospital in serious, but not life-threatening condition. No charges were immediately filed, although the police stated that they plan to conduct an investigation for traffic homicide.
Here are some Florida traffic crash statistics from 2011:
- There were 28,176 Florida auto wrecks involving teen drivers
- 91 teen drivers were killed
- 63 teen passengers were killed
- 8,842 teen drivers were injured
- 6,968 teen passengers were injured
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- Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles https://www.firesportal.com/Pages/Public/documents/2011CrashFacts/Official2011CrashFacts.pdf