Jack Stevens Hayden and Steven Cohen collided in Boynton Beach, Florida on March 12 when Hayden allegedly crossed a median, resulting in 69-year-old Steven Cohen’s death. Hayden, 80, is in critical condition. The car accident took place at around 12:00 p.m. on Hagen Ranch Road near Boynton Beach Boulevard. No charges have yet been filed, and an investigation into the crash is underway. It is not clear whether Hayden has retained a private criminal defense attorney to aid him with any incoming charges.
According to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Hayden was headed south on Hagen Ranch Road in his Lincoln SUV when he crossed the median and his vehicle collided with Cohen, who was headed northbound in his Nissan sedan. It is not clear what caused Hayden to cross the median. Some reports indicate that authorities believe that Hayden was suffering some kind of medical problem at the time that his vehicle strayed to the other side of the road.
There were two passengers involved in the accident as well, but it is not clear which vehicle they were in. Hayden and one other person were flown to Delray Medical Center following the accident; both were in critical condition. A third passenger was taken to Delray Medical Center via ambulance. Their condition after the crash is not publicly known.
Cohen was reportedly pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. He left behind a wife, his mother, two sons and two granddaughters. One of his sons, Doug Cohen, told reporters that the late patriarch had loved golf and crossword puzzles. “He was a true intellectual… he had a very good sense of humor,” said Doug of the retired dentist.
The crash came just as a study showed that Florida has the worst rates of senior citizen driver accidents and fatalities of any state, including California, who has about half a million more senior citizen drivers than Florida. The study suggested making driving easier for the elderly by providing clear lighting, signage and road markings. Others have suggested that senior citizens (aged 65 and older) should be given road tests at certain intervals in order to decide whether or not they are fit to keep driving.
The month of March has seen quite a few car accidents in the South Florida area thus far, involving both young and old. Two young victims of a car crash that just happened on March in Fort Lauderdale were just identified as 18-year-old Brian Boyd and 28-year-old Jesse Dixon. The accident reportedly occurred at approximately 7:40 p.m. The accident report indicates that Jesse Dixon drove through a stop sign and his car was hit by another vehicle. Dixon then reportedly lost control of his vehicle, which spun out and crashed into a parked vehicle.
It is believed that Boyd was the only passenger in the car, though it is unclear what kind of relationship he had with Dixon. Both men were taken to Memorial Regional Hospital and pronounced dead by emergency medical staff following the accident. No tickets were issued in the accident, and charges are not expected to follow against anyone. It does not appear as though the driver of any passengers of the other car were hurt.