Carlos Perez ran into and injured Randy Lee Rankin in a West Palm Beach, Florida pedestrian accident on Tuesday, news sources report. Rankin, 55, sustained critical injuries in the collision and was taken to nearby hospital for treatment. Police are currently conducting an investigation to determine the cause of the accident and have not said whether they intend to charge 84-year-old Perez with any wrongdoing. It is also unclear whether a lawsuit will ensue.
According to reports, the accident occurred around Tuesday afternoon near the intersection of Elmhurst Road and Military Trail in West Palm Beach. Perez was southbound on Military Trail in his 1997 Saturn and had the green light at the intersection. As Perez approached the intersection, Rankin allegedly attempted to cross Military Trail on foot. Perez stepped on the brakes, but was unable to avoid the collision, sources say.
Paramedics rushed Rankin to St. Mary’s Medical Center, where his condition remained serious throughout the day. Police were on the scene following the accident to investigate the details of the crash. So far, no one has been charged or ticketed for the incident.
The intersection of Elmhurst Road and Military Trail has seen its fair share of accidents. On April 11, 2011, a driver was killed in a collision at the intersection, sources indicate. The collision occurred after a different vehicle sped through a red light at the intersection. Police launched an investigation, though the details of that investigation were not immediately clear following the accident.
Reports say the collision occurred around 6 a.m. The driver of a silver Mustang drove through a red light at the intersection and collided with a Mitsubishi Galant, sources indicate. Paramedics pronounced the driver of the Galant dead at the scene. Two of the Mustang’s occupants sustained injury; paramedics took them to St. Mary’s Medical Center for treatment. The accident shut down the southbound lanes of Military Trail for several hours as police conducted a preliminary investigation and rescue workers treated and transported the victims from the scene.
In other news, James T. McLendon was killed and Natalie Pastorius and Cathy Manriquez were injured in a Royal Palm Beach accident this past month, reports say. McLendon, 17, was speeding when the multi-vehicle collision occurred. Pastorius, also 17, sustained critical injuries and Manriquez, 60, sustained only minor injuries. A third driver, 54-year-old Bobby Moore, was uninjured. Police launched an investigation and determined that McLendon had driven onto the wrong side of the road and was therefore at fault for the crash.
According to reports, McLendon was speeding down the eastbound lane of Belvedere road with his passenger, Pastorius, in his 2002 Mazda 626. Sources say McLendon almost crashed into Manriquez’s 2002 Toyota Camry; he then veered across the median into oncoming traffic. Moore was headed westbound in his 1996 Kenworth truck, and McLendon collided with the truck head-on, sources indicate.
Paramedics pronounced McLendon dead at the scene. Rescue crews cut Pastorius out of the Mazda and rushed her and Manriquez to St. Mary’s Hospital; it was not clear from reports how Manriquez was injured. Moore was uninjured. Police conducted an investigation following the crash and determined that McLendon was traveling at a “high rate of speed” at the time of the accident.