A Boynton Beach, Florida collision sent a 13-year-old boy to the hospital Wednesday, news sources report. The accident occurred in the city’s suburbs. The boy, who was riding his bicycle during the collision, was taken to the Delray Medical Center following the crash; his condition was listed as stable. It is currently unclear whether the driver was at fault, and, if so, whether charges will be filed. It is also unclear whether the victim’s family will file a lawsuit.
Reports say the accident occurred near Le Chalet Boulevard in suburban Boynton Beach. Le Chalet Boulevard is a four-lane road separated by a grassy median. The boulevard fell under public scrutiny in 1987 when 400 of the city’s residents signed a petition asking traffic officials to post safety signs, paint cross walks, and erect a traffic light on the road. The goal of the petition was to make the road safer for children as they walked to and from nearby schools. After some resistance, city officials eventually responded by fulfilling each of the petitions’ requests.
The safety measures, however, were not able to prevent this latest accident. The crash occurred around 5:00 Wednesday evening in the area of Le Chalet Boulevard and Rose Marie Avenue, to the west of Military Trail. Judging by the time the accident took place, the victim may have been riding his bicycle home from school. Though the precise details surrounding the crash are unclear, reports say a vehicle struck the child. It is unknown whether the child was riding his bike in the road or attempting to cross the street at the time.
Paramedics called in the Trauma Hawk helicopter and air-rushed the boy to the Delray Medical Center. Doctors say the boy’s condition is stable. It is currently unclear who was at fault in the collision. An investigation is ongoing; it unclear whether police will file charges. It is also unclear what type of vehicle hit the child.
In other accident-related news, Anthony Carter was killed in a Boca Raton crash Saturday, reports say. The deadly accident occurred at a railroad crossing and Carter, 49, was the only person involved. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police are conducting an investigation, but at this time it is unclear what may have caused the accident.
Reports say the incident occurred at about 3:00 Saturday afternoon on the 1800 block of Palmetto Park Road near intersecting train tracks. “[Carter’s 2005 Land Rover] crashed through [a] downed railroad crossing gate,” a police spokesperson with Traffic Homicide said. A police report says a “northbound Tri-Rail train collided with the driver’s side of the vehicle pushing the SUV northbound along the tracks.” When emergency crews arrived on the scene, Carter had already died. The FHP is still working to determine why Carter crashed through the railroad-crossing gate.
The Department of Transportation’s Inspector General estimates that 94% of all railroad-crossing accidents are the result of reckless driving maneuvers, though it is unclear if that is what happened here. Records also say there is an average of 12 railroad-crossing accidents every day in the U.S.