Jonathan Emmanuel of Lake Worth, Florida was killed Saturday in a Boca Raton, Florida turnpike accident when the car he was in veered into a cable barrier and rolled onto its side, news sources indicate. Emmanuel, 23, was thrown from the vehicle during the crash; he was declared dead at the Delray Medical Center soon afterwards. Four other occupants of the vehicle sustained minor injuries. The Florida Highway Patrol continues to investigate the accident. The driver of the vehicle has not yet been identified.
Reports say the accident occurred around 8:25 Saturday evening on a stretch of the Florida turnpike in Boca Raton between the Atlantic Avenue and Glades Road exits. Emmanuel was in the 2003 Jaguar X-Type along with Sabrina Andrieu, 18, of Coral Springs, Kara Maria Merlino, 19, or Royal Palm Beach, Julian Perez Angel, 20, of Wellington, and William Ronald, 22, of Lake Worth. One of these people were driving, but the FHP has thus far not been able to identify whom because of a “conflict of statements.”
The crash occurred when the unidentified driver lost control and veered into a cable barrier on the turnpike, reports say. The car then flipped over and came to rest on its side. During the violent wreck, Emmanuel, who reports say was not wearing his seatbelt, was ejected from the vehicle. The four other passengers were all wearing they seatbelts, reports say, and thus remained in the car.
Paramedics arrived on the scene following the accident and rushed all five of the vehicles occupants to the Delray Medical Center. Doctors pronounced Emmanuel dead shortly after his arrival while the four other victims sustained only minor injuries, reports say. An investigation into the crash is ongoing; what factors led to the accident is unknown, however, the FHP says it does not appear that any of the occupants were intoxicated.
The Boca Raton crash was not the only rollover accident reported out of South Florida this past week. One man, who has yet to be publicly identified, had to be cut from his vehicle after his car overturned at an intersections, reports say. As of now it is not exactly clear what caused the crash. The driver was taken to the St. Mary’s Medical Center. His condition was not made public Sunday.
Reports say the accident occurred around 9:30 Sunday morning at the intersection of Haverhill Road and Okeechobee Boulevard. Members of the Palm Beach County Fire Rescue arrived on the scene and found the driver’s vehicle on its side on the eastbound lanes of Okeechobee Boulevard. Emergency crews cut the victim from his vehicle and rushed him to the St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach. He had no passengers at the time, and there were no other wrecked vehicles in the vicinity.
Police are still investigating the accident; so far, it is not yet known what conditions led to the vehicle overturning or if any other vehicle may have been involved. It is not known whether there were any witnesses. The FHP did not share whether they are investigating the possibility that the driver was somehow impaired during the crash.