Jason A. Mahlung, Orane Cummings, Shonteria Grimsley, Makita Campbell, and Christina Oliver Joseph of Riviera Beach, Florida were killed in a car accident on Saturday, news sources report. Jabari S. Kemp was allegedly responsible for the crash; sources state that he ran a red light and collided with the side victims’ vehicle. Mahlung, 21, Cummings, 22, Grimsley, 17, Campbell, 14, and Joseph, 17, died at the scene. Kemp, 21, sustained serious injuries but is purportedly in stable condition. The Florida Highway Patrol is currently conducting an investigation and has not yet filed charges. It remains to be seen whether the victims’ survivors will file for damages.
According to reports, the incident occurred at the Interstate 95 exit ramp at Blue Heron Boulevard in Riviera Beach. There is a traffic light at the intersection of the ramp and the street, sources say. At around 12:25 Saturday morning, Kemp allegedly exited northbound I-95 in his 2008 Mercedes and failed to stop at the red light. The victims had been traveling together in a 1994 Lexus and were at the light at the same moment. An FHP spokesperson said, “[Kemp’s] Mercedes failed to stop for the traffic signal and T-boned the Lexus.”
The force of the collision caused the Lexus to turn over, and three of the victims were thrown from the vehicle. Reports say Cummings, Grimsley, Campbell, and Joseph were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash. It is unclear whether Mahlung was wearing his seat belt.
The victims were pronounced dead at the scene. Rescue workers rushed Kemp to St. Mary’s Hospital, where doctors listed him as being in serious but stable condition. Reports say debris from the accident hit another vehicle near the scene but did not injure the driver. FHP closed a portion West Blue Heron Boulevard for several hours while the investigated the crash and cleared the scene. Charges are currently pending.
In other news, Jeremiah Nugent of Tampa Bay accident ran over his 2-year-old daughter’s feet with a riding mower on Wednesday, reports say. The victim, Ireland Nugent, lost both of her feet and sustained an injury to her left hand in the accident. She is expected to survive. It is unlikely that Nugent will be charged with a crime for the tragic accident.
According to reports, the incident occurred Wednesday evening at Nugent’s home in Palm Harbor. Nugent was driving the riding mower to his garage when he noticed his wife, Nicole Nugent, trying to signal him. Worried that he might be about to strike something, Nugent shifted the mower into reverse and began to back up. Sources say the victim was behind him, and he accidentally backed over her.
Nugent turned off the mower and his wife dialed 911. The girl was taken to Tampa General Hospital for emergency treatment. Doctors say she lost both her feet from the ankles down and sustained an injury to her left hand. Rescue crews say both Nugent and his wife were in a state of hysteria following the accident.