Angel and Miguel De Jesus were killed in Boynton Beach, Florida when a Jeep Grand Cherokee collided with their scooter at an intersection, according to reports. Police have not yet released the name of the Jeep’s driver. Charges are pending regarding the car accident as Boynton Beach officials conduct an investigation. It is not clear whether the driver of the Jeep has retained a private criminal defense attorney.
The crash reportedly occurred at the intersection of Congress Avenue and Miner Road at approximately 6:35 a.m. on Sunday. The De Jesus brothers were reportedly headed west on Miner Road when a Jeep Grand Cherokee headed north of Congress Avenue collided with their scooter. There is a traffic light at the intersection, and it is not clear which of the two vehicles ran a red light.
Angel, 23, and Miguel, 32, were thrown from the Vento scooter from the force of the crash. The brothers were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident by emergency medical workers. It is not clear whether the driver of the Jeep suffered any injuries. Authorities are currently conducting an investigation to determine which vehicle was at fault in the collision.
A friend of the De Jesus brothers told reporters that Angel De Jesus had just purchased the scooter with money from his recently acquired income tax return. Miguel De Jesus, the friend said, had just moved to South Florida from Puerto Rico to be with his brother. “Angel was a good kid. He was into God, and always talked about helping his family,” the man told the press. “They had gone out that evening. They were coming home.”
As scooter sales soar in the South Florida area along with gas prices, lax Florida laws regarding scooter driving have garnered criticism from some experts. Scooter drivers in Florida are not required to undergo special training, although critics point out that, just like when riding a motorcycle, riding a scooter leaves the body especially vulnerable to collisions. It is not clear whether the De Jesus brothers’ family plans on pursuing any legal action pertaining to the regulations.
In another local accident, a car crashed into a motorcycle on U.S. 1 last Thursday, leaving the driver of the motorcycle seriously injured. Though few details are available, the accident reportedly occurred near the intersection of Southeast Eaglewood Way and U.S. 1 at approximately 5:30 p.m.. It is not clear whether alcohol or drugs are suspected to be a factor. The motorcyclist was taken to Jupiter Medical Center with serious injures; it is not known whether he or she had been released.
Motorcyclists, unlike scooter riders, are required by Florida law to obtain a special license and have insurance incentives to complete a motorcycle-riding course (motorcyclists who complete courses pay lower insurance rates). However, both motorcycle and scooter riders are required to wear helmets while riding their vehicles. It is not clear whether the De Jesus brothers or the undisclosed motorcyclist were wearing helmets at the times of their respective accidents.