A Lake Worth, Florida car accident sent three adults and three children to area hospitals yesterday, according to news reports. The accident, which reportedly occurred on Thursday evening, is currently under investigation. No charges have yet been filed, although it is not clear whether a traffic citation has been issued. Investigators reportedly believe that the driver of a maroon Toyota Camry was at fault, although the name of the driver, along with the names of everyone else involved, has not been released.
The accident reportedly occurred at approximately 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at the intersection of North Federal Highway and 11th Avenue North in Lake Worth. A spokesperson for the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office purportedly stated that a grey Volvo was driving south on North Federal Highway when a dark red Toyota Camry turned from 11th Avenue North in front of the Volvo. The Volvo, which had the right of way, was unable to avoid a collision and struck the Camry on its’ right side.
One adult and three children were taken to Delray Medical Center for treatment for unspecified injures following the collision. Two other adults were taken to other local hospitals with what were reported to be minor injuries. It is unclear how the injured parties were distributed in the two vehicles, and their statuses are not currently known. It does not appear as though any of the victims suffered life-threatening injuries.
In other local car accident news, a Palm Beach County girl who participated in a teenage pastime known as ‘car surfing’ was sent home from the hospital yesterday after undergoing treatment for brain injury. Hannah Huntoon, 16, reportedly stood on the hood of a Toyota Corolla as her friend Megan Jacobson drove around her neighborhood in Palm Beach Gardens. The activity, which is reportedly quite popular amongst teenagers, went awry when Jacobson turned the Corolla and Huntoon lost her footing, falling from the vehicle and hitting her head on the pavement below. No criminal charges have been filed against Jacobson, as Huntoon has said she made the decision to car surf on her own.
The incident, which occurred in April, garnered major media attention as surgeons from St. Mary’s Medical Center removed parts of Huntoon’s skull to give her swollen brain a chance of survival. Huntoon was in a coma, breathing through a ventilator for several weeks before she finally awoke, and is now being sent home over a month after the accident. Doctors reportedly expect her to make a full recovery, and she is scheduled to have the pieces of her skull returned to her head in a few months.
In the meantime, Huntoon’s mother is reportedly working with Representative Irving Slosberg of Boca Raton to pass legislature in the state of Florida that prosecutes car surfers and their drivers in order to prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future. Similarly, Hannah Huntoon is speaking out against car surfing, citing its’ dangers, and official have high hopes that she will continue to work to end car surfing after her recovery. “Hannah is going to be a good ambassador once she gets better,” Representative Slosberg, whose own teen daughter died in a car accident in 1996, was quoted as saying.
Read about other recent South Florida car accidents here.