Palm Beach County accident claims life of 1 teen, injures 3 others

February 4th, 2013 - by DKRPA

An accident in Lantana, Florida claimed the life of a teenager and injured three other teens. The single-car wreck happened very early in the morning and the police are looking into the possibility that the driver was negligent in some way. Charges are pending, with more details to come as the investigation uncovers more about the accident.

An 18-year-old man was driving a car with three other teens at nearly 3 a.m. Monday morning, which would lead some to speculate that the driver may have been drunk or intoxicated in some way — or, at the very least, he may have been tired or asleep at the wheel.

In any case, the young man’s vehicle began to drift and eventually he lost complete control of the car. It smashed into two palm trees before finally coming to a stop. During the collisions with the palm trees, two of the vehicle’s occupants were flung from the car. The driver was hospitalized, as were two other 18-year-olds; however, a 19-year-old was killed in the accident.

What charges are being considered by law enforcement? At the moment, it is not known. Given the “drifting” described by officers at the scene, it appears the driver was negligent, distracted, or in some way acting recklessly behind the wheel.

The driver almost certainly did not intend for this wreck to happen, but criminal charges against him would establish his negligence. If that occurs, he could be held liable for the wreck (and all the pain, suffering, and medical bills incurred by the accident’s victims) in civil court, may it be through a wrongful death claim or a personal injury claim.

Source: Sun Sentinel, “Teen who died in car wreck identified,” Feb. 4, 2013

  • The injuries sustained in a car accident can disrupt a person’s life for months, if not years. To learn more about what a victim in such a predicament can do to earn a sense of justice, please visit our Palm Beach car accident page.