Jamie Allen was killed and Christopher Moffitt, Lyndsey Rice and Robert Stoddard were injured in a Lantana, Florida accident Monday, press sources repot. 18-year-old Christopher Moffitt was driving the vehicle; detectives say Moffitt was under the influence of either drugs or alcohol during the crash. Allen, 19, Rice, 18, and Robert Stoddard, 18, were all passengers in the vehicle. Moffitt sustained minor injuries, while Rice and Stoddard sustained critical injuries. Moffitt has not yet been charged. It remains to be seen whether he will be facing criminal charges or a lawsuit.
Moffitt was behind the wheel of his 2005 Cadillac CTS on Broadway around 2:55 Monday morning, driving Allen, Rice, and Stoddard to an unspecified location. According to reports, Allen and the three other teens were likely on their way home from a Super Bowl party when the accident occurred. Moffitt allegedly lost control of the vehicle and collided with a tree. It is unclear whether the car’s occupants were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.
Paramedics arrived to the crash site and pronounced Allen dead at the scene. Rice and Stoddard sustained critical injuries and paramedics took them to a nearby hospital for treatment; officials say they expect the two teens to make a recovery. Moffitt sustained only minor injuries; it is unclear whether he received medical treatment.
Allen’s brother expressed his grief at the loss of his younger sister. “It’s unbelievable that someone so amazing, someone so bright, could be taken away from us so soon,” Allen’s brother told reporters. “She was the most understanding person, with the most brilliant smile.”
According to Allen’s brother, Allen had graduated from Santaluces High School last year and was planning to study photography at Palm Beach State College later this year. “Everybody loved Jamie,” her brother said. “She just made everybody lighter. Her ability to make everybody happy, it was incredible.”
Records show DUI accidents have been decreasing over the last several years in Palm Beach County. In 2010, there were 754 alcohol-related accidents with 31 reported fatalities within the county. That number dropped from 2009, which records show had 801 reported DUI accidents. According to the NHTSA, 1,228 people under the age of 21 were killed in in alcohol-related car accidents in 2010.
In other accident-related news, Anthony Carter was killed in a Boca Raton accident Saturday, reports say. Carter, 49, was broadsided by a train and died at the scene of the accident. Police are currently conducting an investigation. It is unclear whether speed or alcohol played a role in the incident.
According to reports, the fatal crash occurred on Palmetto Park Road near Interstate 95 Saturday afternoon. The precise details are unclear, however, detectives say Carter’s 2005 Land Rover “crashed through [a] downed railroad crossing gate. A northbound Tri-Rail train collided with the driver’s side of [Carter’s vehicle and pushed it] along the tracks,” a police report said. Paramedics arrived at the crash scene and pronounced Carter dead. No one else was injured.