Broward News

Two 23-Year-Olds Die in Wellington Wrecks

UPDATE, 3:41 p.m.: The original post had incorrect information about the first crash. It's been fixed, and comment from the PBSO has been added.

Two 23-year-old men were killed in Wellington less than 12 hours apart, according to police.

The first happened at about 4:30 p.m. Saturday -- James Duemig was driving westbound "at a high rate of speed" on Wellington Trace on a Suzuki GSXR motorcycle when 18-year-old Emily Berns attempted to turn left onto Wellington Trace, pulling in front of Duemig, according to police. Duemig, less than two miles from home, smashed into the driver's side of Berns' 2001 Nissan Maxima, flew off the bike, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Berns, who was less than a mile from her house as well, was uninjured. A spokeswoman from the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office said investigations into vehicular deaths can take up to six months before charges might be filed.

The other crash happened at 4:40 Sunday morning, when Maxwell Katz lost control of his 2001 Acura TL on Aero Club Drive near Grumman Court. Traveling south, he spun off the right side of the road; the Acura "broke into several pieces" when it hit a tree, according to the accident report, and Katz was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene.

According to data from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, more drivers in the 20 to 24 age bracket crashed in 2010 than any other age group. In addition, while drivers in the 15 to 19 age group were more likely to be involved in a crash, the 20 to 24 group was more likely than any other to be involved in a fatal crash, with a rate more than 20 percent higher than the 25 to 29 age group.

Here are the 2010 numbers, if you're interested, and the full report below that. There's lots of compelling data in there (plus the revelation that nine Florida residents older than 90 were in alcohol-related crashes).

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