Traffic Accidents

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    July 17, 2014

    Rick Scott Comes to South Florida to Sign Aaron Cohen LIfe Protection Act

    For the some 70,000 people each year, it was already too late. But thanks to the push from some concerned citizens -- including a lot of South Floridians -- bike riders, pedestrians, and motorists struck by hit and run drivers will now have a little justice. And to mark the occasions, yesterday Gov. ... More >>

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    May 27, 2014

    82-Year-Old Tamarac Cyclist Killed in Collision With Van

    Another day, another bicyclist is a victim of getting hit by a car. On Monday morning, Oscar Aleman, an 82-year-old father and grandfather of 19, was riding his bike on McNab Road and NW 70th Avenue when he collided with what police describe as a 2004 Chevrolet Express. Aleman was treated at the s ... More >>

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    May 1, 2014
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    April 29, 2014

    New Law Hopes to Curtail Florida's Epidemic of Hit-and-Run Deaths

    It ended with a boom: a 40-year relationship and two lives -- one dead and gone, the other alive and alone. Jorge Arrojas and his partner, Miguel Larrieu, were heading home, fresh from a dinner party in Bal Harbour around midnight last August 10 on I-75 when a red 2009 Ferrari 430 Scuderia smacked t ... More >>

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    April 28, 2014

    Fort Lauderdale Cyclist Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver

    On the heels of the Legislature's working on laying out harsher punishments for hit-and-run suspects and the trial of Axel Inostroza (a man who allegedly ran over a cyclist before dumping him in the woods), and this weekend's Fort Lauderdale Critical Mass comes the sad news of yet another cyclist be ... More >>

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    April 24, 2014

    Florida Legislators Pass Law With Tougher Punishment for Hit-and-Run Accidents

    We've all been there: You're riding your bike, walking on the street, or simply driving and out of nowhere some South Florida speed demon almost runs you down in his or her car. According to unfortunate statistics from the state, it's more likely now than ever that the offending driver will take o ... More >>

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    April 11, 2014

    Palm Beach Sheriff's Office Conducting "Traffic Enforcement Initiative" Friday

    The Palm Beach Sheriff's Office will be conducting something called a "traffic enforcement initiative" all day Friday as part of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The PBSO said on its Facebook page that its officers will be all about traffic enforcement in unincorporated Palm Beach Count ... More >>

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    April 8, 2014

    Kayla Mendoza, "2 Drunk 2 Care" Motorist, Arrested Monday With Eight Charges

    More than four months after Kayla Mendoza allegedly (and drunkenly) careened into two young women on the Sawgrass Expressway, she has been arrested and formally charged with their deaths. In a story that went absolutely bonkers on the internet last November, New Times reported that the 21-year-old ... More >>

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    November 22, 2013

    Kayla Mendoza's Mistake Doesn't Mean Marijuana Shouldn't Be Legalized

    The Kayla Mendoza "2 drunk 2 care" story is tragic. And, as anything this senseless and calamitous is prone to do, it has brought up a lot of passionate opinions, anger, and outrage. Most notably, people have taken to the comments in our original post of this story to debate the effects of marijuan ... More >>

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    July 24, 2013

    George Zimmerman Rescue Victims Don't Want to Portray Him as a Hero

    On Monday, news broke that George Zimmerman emerged from hiding to rescue a family of four from an overturned SUV after an accident. And apparently, the couple Zimmerman rescued had planned a news conference for today. But they changed their minds because they don't want to portray him as a hero. ... More >>

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    July 22, 2013

    George Zimmerman Rescued Truck Crash Victims in Sanford

    Police are confirming that George Zimmerman helped rescue a family of four who were trapped in an overturned truck in Florida between the intersection of I-4 and route 417 in Sanford. Since being acquitted for shooting and killing Trayvon Martin the past two weeks, Zimmerman has been in hiding. Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2013

    Willie Dumel, Suspect in Wrong-Way Crash That Killed Family on I-95, to Be Arrested and Charged

    The Florida Highway Patrol says it will arrest and charge the suspect in the horrific April 3 wrong-way head-on collision on I-95 that killed Dennis Ortiz, 31, of California, and Albertson Anthony Almase, 31, Kristina Almase, 26, and Lily Azarcon, 26, of the Philippines. See also: -Four Dead in Hor ... More >>

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    April 26, 2013

    Florida Woman Claims to Be God, Sets Her Car on Fire at Gas Station

    A West Palm Beach woman pulled into a BP gas station and doused gasoline on her car windshield and trunk. She then took out a lighter and set the car on fire, claiming she was God. The woman's dogs were reportedly in the car as it went up in flames. The gas station attendant, meanwhile, quickly shu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2013

    Pictures of Yesterday's Car Crash Victims Show Beautiful Family

    The Florida Highway Patrol released the identities of the four victims killed in a horrific traffic accident yesterday that's roiled the region. Two of the victims were affiliated with the United States Navy. Dennis Ortiz, 31, of California; Albertson, 31, and Kristina Almase, 26, of the U.S. Navy; ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2013

    Old People Want You to Stop Texting and Driving

    AARP has 2.8 million members in Florida, and a good number of them want people to stop it with all the texting and driving already. Mostly because they're not sure what texting is. Is it for sex? We kid, we kid. It's really dangerous, and people shouldn't text and drive. The question is, should i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2012

    Man Drives Car Into a House While Avoiding Gunfire

    Nothing like being woken up in the middle of the night by random gunfire and then having a car slam into your house. That's what happened in Pompano Beach on Tuesday morning, when a car was being shot at. The vehicle swerved to avoid the bullets and crashed into a house in the 100 block of NE 35th ... More >>

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    July 31, 2012

    West Palm Man Rides Double-Decker Bicycle Down Dark Road, Dies

    Police say 30-year-old Brian T. Magan was riding a double-decker bicycle down Purdy Lane in West Palm Beach on Saturday night. He was wearing dark clothes and had his bike painted gray. He wasn't wearing a helmet, and his mutant bike didn't have reflectors.And he got hit by a van.

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    March 23, 2012

    Breaking: John Goodman Guilty on All Counts (UPDATED)

    ​A Palm Beach County jury this afternoon found Wellington polo mogul John Goodman guilty of DUI manslaughter, failure to render aid, and vehicular homicide. The conviction comes two years after Goodman sped through a stop sign in Wellington, causing a car crash that killed 23-year-old Scott Wilson ... More >>

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    March 22, 2012

    Jury Expected to Begin Deliberating in John Goodman DUI Trial Today

    ​The jury has just received instructions for deliberating the fate of John Goodman, the Wellington polo mogul charged with vehicular homicide and DUI manslaughter in the car accident that killed Scott Wilson two years ago. Closing arguments will take place this afternoon, and the jury will begin d ... More >>

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    March 19, 2012

    More Than a Dozen Killed in South Florida Car Accidents

    ​If you saw the Miami Herald story this morning about the ten South Floridians killed in car crashes between Saturday night and Sunday night... it gets worse.In addition to the six deaths in Miami-Dade and four in Broward, there were three people killed in Palm Beach County over the weekend as wel ... More >>

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    December 27, 2011

    Cops: DUI Suspect Says He Doesn't Remember Causing "Fireball" Crash That Killed Woman

    ​After Edson Ramirez-Jaimes allegedly blew through some red lights and crashed into an SUV, causing a "fireball" and killing the driver on Christmas Eve, the cops say he told them he never even remembered driving.According to documents from the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, Ramirez-Jaimes, 2 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2011

    Cynthia Castoro Tried to Deny Killing Two Men With a Car, Despite the Flesh in Her Windshield

    Palm Beach County Sheriff's OfficeCynthia Castoro​It's hard to deny you just ran over three construction workers with your car -- killing two of them -- while you're driving drunk and high, especially when their blood, flesh, and pieces of their orange vests are embedded into your windshield.Cynth ... More >>

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    September 16, 2011

    Markell Hollis, Boynton Beach Burglary/Car Chase Suspect, Turns Himself In

    Florida Department of CorrectionsMarkell Hollis is now in jail.​The Boynton Beach Police Department says 22-year-old Markell Hollis -- who escaped police after an alleged burglary and car chase on Tuesday -- turned himself in at the Palm Beach County Jail last night.Hollis, who police said "should ... More >>

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    September 15, 2011

    Boynton Beach Cops Released From Hospital; Burglary Suspect Still Missing

    Palm Beach County Sheriff's OfficeIf you see Markell Hollis, call the cops.​All three of the Boynton Beach Police officers injured during Officer Rachel Loy's third car crash have been released from the hospital -- including Loy herself -- but one of the suspects from the burglary they were respon ... More >>

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    September 6, 2011

    Alligator That Attacked Old Woman Was Shot in the Head, Likely Hit by Car, and Is Finally Dead

    marathonbooks.comNot the alligator that attacked a 90-year-old woman, survived a bullet to the brain, and a possible car crash, but an alligator nonetheless.​An alligator that wildlife officials believe attacked a 90-year-old woman last week before being shot in the head -- and possibly hit by a c ... More >>

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    August 12, 2011

    Lake Worth Man Charged in December Crash That Killed an 80-Year-Old Woman

    Palm Beach County Sheriff's OfficeJoseph Sterlicchi​A 55-year-old Lake Worth man has been charged with DUI manslaughter and two counts of causing injury while driving under the influence for a December car crash that killed an 80-year-old woman, according to the Palm Beach State Attorney's Office. ... More >>

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    June 2, 2011

    Ryan LeVin, Playboy Indicted in Fatal Porsche Hit-and-Run, to Change Plea

    ​Ryan LeVin, heir of an Illinois costume-jewelry family, who was indicted in a 2009 hit-and-run that killed two British businessmen, will be back in front of a judge Friday. And it looks like he plans on changing his not-guilty plea, according to court documents. David Bogenschutz, the high-profil ... More >>

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    May 25, 2011

    Florida is a Great Place For a Walk -- If You Want to End Up Dead​Fact of the day: You're more likely to wind up dead while on a walk in Florida than in any other state.That's according to what an advocacy group called Transportation for America released Tuesday, with Florida taking the cake for the highest "Pedestrian Danger Index" rank in the nation, an ... More >>

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    December 29, 2010

    [UPDATED] Will John Goodman Play Polo This Season? Stay Tuned.

    PBSOGoodman's team is missing from the club's website.​UPDATE: New Times was kicked out of a press conference at the International Polo Club today. More details after the jump. Will criminal charges accusing him of causing a fatal, drunken car accident keep Wellington polo mogul John Goodman off t ... More >>

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    September 9, 2010

    Arrest Made in Lake Worth Hit and Run That Killed Motorcyclist

    Photo: PBSOMendez-Alvarez is accused of hit and run.​John Jayne was riding his motorcycle west in the center lane of Lantana Road on August 14 when a 1994 Nissan Maxima swerved in front of him. The 42-year-old Jayne hit the car's back bumper, then flipped off his motorcycle, which landed on top of ... More >>

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    August 2, 2010

    Dennis Rodman's Manager Says He's "Fine" After Serious Car Wreck​The South Florida-based manager for Dennis Rodman said this morning that his client is "fine" after a car Rodman was riding in flipped at least three times on I-95 in Broward County this weekend."He called me right after it happened," the manager said. "He was going to the hospital, but ... More >>

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    July 9, 2010

    For Polo Mogul John Goodman, Other Celebrity DUI Cases Offer Hope of Minimal Punishment

    Facebook.comScott Wilson, 23, drowned in a canal after Goodman's Bentley crashed into his car.​As polo mogul John Goodman faces vehicular homicide and DUI manslaughter charges for the Wellington car accident that led to the death of 23-year-old Scott Wilson, many wonder if he'll receive special le ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2010

    Polo Mogul John Goodman, in Happier Times

    This week's New Times feature story is an in-depth look at John Goodman, the multimillionaire polo mogul accused of causing the fatal car accident that killed 23-year-old Wellington native Scott Wilson.

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    May 19, 2010

    UPDATED: Polo Club Founder Arrested, Charged With DUI

    Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office​John Goodman, the multimillionaire founder of the International Polo Club in Wellington, was booked into the Palm Beach County jail early this morning, charged with DUI and vehicular homicide.His arrest comes three months after Goodman allegedly plowed his Bentle ... More >>

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    April 30, 2010

    School Bus Involved in Crash With Motorcycle

    Flickr: ScootzsxA Suzuki Berman like the one involved in the accident.​The Boynton Beach Police Department is reporting that there's been a collision between a school bus and a motorcycle on the 200 block of Southwest 13th Avenue. No children were injured, but from what we know about the accident, ... More >>

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    April 29, 2010

    Lauderdale Lakes Man Killed After Teen Driver Runs Red

    Taj Michael Harris, a 28-year-old man from Lauderdale Lakes, was struck and killed Wednesday afternoon by an Infiniti that ran a red light at the intersection of Rock Island Road and Forest Boulevard in North Lauderdale.The driver of the Infiniti has been identified as Markita Bynes, an 18-year-old ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2010

    Van Strikes 13-Year-old, Flees the Scene

    Around 3:55 this afternoon, we got another hit-and-run case in Fort Lauderdale. Sounds like this case will be easier to break than the others, thanks to a motorist who chased down the suspect. From the Fort Lauderdale Police news release:Investigators have learned that a 2001 Dodge van was traveling ... More >>

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    April 6, 2010

    Another Hit-and-Run Death; Police Looking for Witnesses

    Photo: Broward Sheriff's OfficeAbrams​A Boynton Beach man whose car broke down in the early-morning hours Tuesday was struck and killed by a motorist on Highway 27 in Weston. The driver then disappeared. It appears there are no witnesses.The victim's name is Louis Abrams, age 68. According to the ... More >>

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    March 22, 2010

    Description of Suspect in Las Olas Hit and Run

    Fort Lauderdale police have just released a description of the SUV driver who struck and killed Carolyn Bianco and injured her friend, Victoria Kirby, earlier this month:He has been described as a white/light skinned male, 30s, dark hair, possibly worn slicked back, clean shaven, and slender built. ... More >>

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    March 16, 2010

    Attorney: LeVin to Surrender Wednesday

    One of the attorneys representing the family of Craig Elford, a victim of the hit-and-run accident last February in Fort Lauderdale, says he expects the suspect in that case, Ryan LeVin, to surrender to police tomorrow."I haven't heard that he was missing," says Seth Miles, whose Coral Gables firm i ... More >>

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    March 15, 2010

    UPDATED: Derek Cook, Alleged Driver in Porsche Hit and Run, Surrenders to Police

    Photo: Broward Sheriff's OfficeDerek Cook​Since February 2009, Fort Lauderdale police have been looking for Derek Cook, the Tamarac man who was allegedly racing a Porsche on Sea Breeze Boulevard when he lost control and struck two tourists from Great Britain, killing them.This morning, just before ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2009

    Wellington Man Dies in Van Accident on Day Before 21st Birthday

    The Palm Beach Sheriff's Office has just released the name of the man who was killed this morning in a one-vehicle accident on Perimeter Road in West Palm Beach. His name is Kyle Reese Chiet, a 20-year-old from Wellington who would have turned 21 tomorrow.According to the incident report, Chiet was ... More >>

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    December 21, 2009

    Wellington Man Dies in Car Accident, One Day Before 21st Birthday

    The Palm Beach Sheriff's Office has just released the name of the man who was killed this morning in a one-vehicle accident on Perimeter Road in West Palm Beach. His name is Kyle Reese Chiet, a 20-year-old from Wellington who would have turned 21 tomorrow.According to the incident report, Chiet was ... More >>

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    September 1, 2009

    Bike Fatality on A1A in Fort Lauderdale

    Photo: Google MapsThe Fort Lauderdale intersection that was the site of a traffic fatality early this morning​A 59-year-old man was struck and killed by a car just after midnight today on A1A in Fort Lauderdale, according to a police department news release.Daniel Colotte was riding a bicycle nort ... More >>

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    August 20, 2009

    [CORRECTED] Bicyclist Badly Hurt in Lauderdale Traffic Accident

    A 2008 Toyota Scion​A bicyclist sustained life-threatening injuries this morning in an accident that occurred on West Davie Boulevard. A Fort Lauderdale Police news release says that a Toyota Scion involved in the accident was driven by Taisha Gonzalez from Coconut Creek.According to police, Gonza ... More >>

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