Sadly, June and July in West Palm Beach were filled with newsworthy accidents. In late June, a well-loved bicyclist was injured in a hit and run, and July has already seen 2 fatal accidents. At Clark, Fountain, La Vista, Prather & Littky-Rubin, we want to keep you informed about what’s going on in our community. We’d also like to remind you that when the unthinkable happens, we are always here to help. Many of the accidents we are about to describe involve negligence in one way or another, which means the victims of these tragic crashes and/or their families may be entitled to compensation.
If you or someone you know needs our help, you can always call us at (561) 922-0258 and tell us about your case during a free consultation. There are no fees unless we win your case.
Bicycle Accident on Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard
A 59-year-old bicyclist was crossing the entrance ramp to Interstate 95 at 5:20 a.m. on Friday, June 26, when a motorist turned left from Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard, striking the bicyclist. Although the bicyclist was seriously injured and transported to St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, the motorist continued onto the expressway.
Police believe the car is a light-colored 1998 to 2000 Toyota Rav 4, with damage to the driver’s front side.
If you have information about this hit-and-run accident, please contact the West Palm Beach police department’s traffic homicide office at (561) 215-0498.
Pedestrian Fatality on the 4th of July
On Saturday, July 4, at about 11:45 p.m., a 48-year-old woman was crossing N. Congress Avenue along the 2000 block headed east. Tragically, she was struck and killed by a 2016 Hyundai Elantra traveling north on the inside lane. The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene, but the driver of the vehicle was not charged with a crime. West Palm Beach police told The Palm Beach Post that drugs and alcohol did not appear to be involved in the pedestrian accident, although an investigation is still pending.
Two-Vehicle Crash in Suburban West Palm Beach
Firefighters responded to a two-car crash at Cherry Road and North Military Trail shortly after 5:30 p.m. on Friday, July 10. Two vehicles were stacked, with one on top of the other, according to a spokesman for Fire Rescue. Fortunately, the occupants of both vehicles were able to get out on their own. Nevertheless, paramedics transported two people to hospitals for treatment. No further information is available at this time.
Failure to Stop at a Red Light Leads to Fatal Crash
Shortly after 10 p.m. on July 13, the driver of a Nissan failed to stop at a red light at the intersection of Belvedere Road and South Australian Avenue. The Nissan struck a Honda on the passenger side, resulting in the death of an 18-year-old driver and his passenger. Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene and the driver of the Nissan was transported to a local hospital with injuries. The driver of the Nissan was in stable condition as of July 14, and the crash remains under investigation.
Authorities told WPTV that alcohol and drugs do not appear to be a factor and encouraged anyone who witnessed the crash to contact the West Palm Beach Police Department at 561-822-1900.
Stay Safe This Summer
Summer is one of the deadliest times to drive, and the season can be dangerous for bicyclists and pedestrians, too. Exercise extra caution when you’re out and about in West Palm Beach this summer and know that we are here for you if anything goes wrong.