Victoria Joseph-Lindo was killed and Areil Bernabides and Deron Rake were injured Friday in a Palm Beach County, Florida collision when Bernabides crashed his vehicle into a median, sparking a three-car pileup, news sources indicate. Joseph-Lindo was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Bernabides was taken to Wellington Medical Center and Rake to Columbia Medical Center, both with non-life threatening injuries. An investigation into the accident is ongoing. It is unclear whether any legal action by the family of the deceased or by either injured party is underway.
Reports say the accident occurred around 5:00 Friday morning along a portion of the Florida Turnpike that runs through Palm Beach County. Bernabides was traveling along the turnpike in a Ford F150 when, for reason not yet known, he collided with a median wall. His truck then spun out on the road. Lindo, who was approaching the scene of the accident in a Mazda, was unable to miss the wreckage and ended up smashing into it. Another pickup truck, driven by Rake, crashed into the other two vehicles under similar circumstances.
Police and paramedics arrived on the scene afterwards and rushed Bernabides to Wellington Medical Center with serious injuries. They transported Rake to Columbia Medical Center where he was treated and later released. Paramedics pronounced Lindo dead at the scene. It is unclear whether any of the drivers were wearing their seatbelts. An investigation into the accident is ongoing and, so far, no one has been charged with a crime. It is not clear whether authorities suspect that alcohol or drugs may have contributed to the crash.
In other accident-related news, Louis Robert Hausman and Jamie Clifford Auxier were killed Tuesday in a North Palm Beach, Florida accident when their vehicle overturned and was struck by an oncoming box truck, news sources indicate. Hausman and Auxier, both 51, were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the box truck, who was not identified, sustained non-life threatening injuries. An investigation into the accident is ongoing, and no arrests have been made. It is unclear what conditions led to the SUV overturning.
Reports say the accident occurred around 5:00 in the evening as Hausman traveled northbound along PGA Boulevard with his passenger, Auxier. At some point, Hausman lost control of the vehicle and it flipped onto its side in the street. An officer heading down the same street was unable to see the wreck until it was nearly too late. He swerved and barely swiped the overturned SUV before pulling off to the side of the road.
According to reports, the officer turned on his flashing lights when he pulled over. The driver of the box truck spotted the lights and changed lanes, not seeing the overturned SUV in the darkness. The box truck then collided head-on with the SUV and both vehicles caught fire. When paramedics arrived, Hausman and Auxier were pronounced dead of their injuries. The driver of the box truck was taken to an unspecified hospital for treatment. Police are still not sure what caused Hausman to lose control of his vehicle.