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Lake Worth, Florida Hit-and-Run Sends Five People to the Hospital

A Lake Worth, Florida two-vehicle crash sent five people to the hospital on Wednesday, news sources report. Information regarding the victims’ identities was not immediately available following the incident. One of the vehicles allegedly fled the scene after the accident and has not yet been located. So far, there have not been any charges. It is unclear whether anyone will file a suit.

According to reports, the accident occurred around 3:30 Wednesday afternoon at the corner of Wellesley Drive and North Dixie Highway in Lake Worth. Dixie Highway is a four-lane street, while Wellesley Drive is a simple, two-lane suburban road. Traffic entering Dixie Highway from Wellesley Drive must stop for a stop sign first.

The complete details of the accident were not available at press time. When police and paramedics arrived, only one car was at the scene; the other had allegedly fled. At least five people were injured in the accident. One victim was taken to the JFK Medical Center; two were taken to the Bethesda East Hospital; and two more were taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center. The extent of their injuries was not specified in reports.

So far, it is unclear whether police have identified the hit-and-run driver, or has any leads or descriptions of the vehicle. An investigation is currently ongoing.

Palm Beach County is a densely populated area, so it comes as little surprise that there are accidents on a day-to-day basis. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were 13,410 recorded accidents resulting in 123 fatalities and 12,397 injuries in Palm Beach County in 2010. That number was up from the previous year, which had 13,398 reported traffic crashes, 151 fatalities, and 12,488 injuries.

Accidents can occur right in your own driveway. A two-year-old Apopka girl’s birthday planning took a tragic turn Wednesday when she was hit and killed by a family member’s car as it backed out of a driveway, sources say. Neither the 16-year-old driver nor the victim has been publicly identified. Police are currently conducting an investigation to determine how the accident occurred. So far, there haven’t been any charges.

According to reports, the crash took place at around 3:30 Wednesday afternoon at the victim’s home in Apopka. The victim’s family was preparing for the victim’s birthday, which was supposed to occur this weekend, at the time. The driver, a family member of the victim, was cleaning the driveway. “He was blowing the grass off the driveway, so he was moving the truck out the way to finish cleaning off the grass,” a police spokesperson reportedly said. The driver did not possess a valid driver’s license, reports say.

Tragedy struck as the driver was backing the truck up, reports say. “[The victim] had run out from the side of the house. As [the driver] was backing up, she had gotten behind the vehicle and [he] ran her over,” a police spokesperson supposedly said. The victim was rushed to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead of her injuries. Police are ruling the crash an accident and have not filed charges.

Sources: 7.18.13 Lake Worth Hit-And-Run.pdf, FLHSMV Statistics – Lake Worth AND Fort Lauderdale Cases.pdf, 7.18.13 Apopka Driveway Fatality.pdf.

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