Tung Thanh Truong of Boca Raton, Florida allegedly drove the wrong way on State Road 7 on Sunday, causing an accident, news sources report. Truong, 55, collided with another vehicle, which fled the scene. Truong sustained critical injuries and was taken to an area hospital. The Florida Highway Patrol is currently investigating the incident and the possible involvement of drugs and/or alcohol. It is unclear whether charges or a suit will be filed.
According to reports, the accident occurred on State Road 7 near the intersection of Atlantic Avenue in the Delray Beach area. State Road 7 is two-lane highway with a grassy median running down the middle. There are no guardrails separating the lanes, so it is possible for cars to get across the median.
At around 4:30 Sunday morning, Truong’s 1999 Lexus was allegedly traveling against traffic in the northbound lanes of State Road 7. As Truong approached the intersection of Atlantic Avenue, the left front of his car collided with the left front of a 2007 Dodge Ram 1500 truck. The force of the collision caused both of the vehicles to spin; the truck came to a rest on the east shoulder. Reports say the truck fled the scene following the collision, even though it appears they were not at fault in the crash.
Truong was taken to the Delray Medical Center, where his condition was classified as serious. A police spokesperson said that drugs or alcohol likely played a role in the accident. Charges are pending the outcome of the investigation. It is currently unclear whether officers have identified the driver of the truck.
Some accidents have more tragic endings than others. 15-year-old John Jamal Clark lost his life after being pulled out to sea by a rip current on Monday, reports say. Clark went missing for nearly three hours before his body was found and pulled ashore; he was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Medical examiners are still investigating the incident.
Reports say Clark was set to attend his first year at Hallandale High School after summer break. Clark had planned to play for the school’s football and basketball teams. Snell told reporters Clark knew only “a little” about swimming; however, sources say even powerful swimmers can become exhausted while trying to fight a rip current.
The incident occurred at John U. Lloyd State Park in Dania Beach on Memorial Day. The wind gusts that day had been around 20 mph, causing rip currents in the water strong enough to pull swimmers out to sea. “Generally, the higher the wind speed, the more dangerous the rip currents,” a meteorologist spokesperson commented. According to reports, the beach had red flag warnings in the parking lot and the entrance that day warning swimmers of the rip currents.
Clark was in the water with his mother, Chrisie Snell, moments before his disappeared, reports say. “The waves just pushed him out,” Snell said. Investigators assume that Clark had been pulled out to sea by a rip current at around 12:15 p.m.
Members of the Broward Sheriff’s Office, Coast Guard, and other agencies began searching for Clark. He was later found around 3 p.m. nearly a half-mile from where he disappeared. Paramedics were unable to resuscitate Clark at the beach and he was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital where, sadly, he was pronounced dead.