Tiffanie Hoffman, Bernice Greenblatt and two others, including a child, were injured in a Lake Worth, Florida car crash on Wednesday, news sources report. Hoffman, 35, Greenblatt, 89, and two other victims were taken to area hospitals for treatment following the crash. Information regarding the two other victims’ identities is not yet available. So far, there have been no charges, although initial reports suggest Greenblatt violated Hoffman’s right of way and caused the accident. It is unclear whether any of the victims will file for damages.
According to reports, the accident occurred at around 2:00 Wednesday morning in Lake Worth, at the traffic light-regulated intersection of Lake Worth Road and Ohio Road. Ohio Road is a simple two-lane suburban street, while Lake Worth Road is a large, six-lane highway whose opposing lanes are separated by a grassy median.
Reports say Hoffman was westbound on Lake Worth Road in her 2006 Chevy Aveo. Greenblatt was further up the road, traveling in a 2008 Honda Accord in the opposite direction. Sources say the two drivers met at the intersection, where Greenblatt attempted to make a left turn. She allegedly cut off Hoffman, who was going straight. Hoffman was unable to stop in time and crashed into Greenblatt’s car, sources indicate. The collision reportedly trapped the victims in their vehicles.
Rescue teams had to cut Hoffman, Greenblatt, and two passengers (a woman and a child) from the vehicles, sources say. It was not immediately which vehicles the passengers were in. One victim was taken to the Palms West Hospital, one to the JFK Medical Center, and two to the Delray Medical Center, sources indicate. An update on the victims’ injuries was not available at press time. Reports did not say whether the victims were wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident.
Some collisions involve other types of vehicles. Brent Becraft of Boynton Beach was killed in when he was hit by a van driven by Rafael Perez on Friday, reports say. Becraft, 43, of Boynton Beach, was pronounced dead following the accident. Perez, 51, of Fort Lauderdale, has not been charged with any wrongdoing; reports indicate that the crash occurred because Becraft failed to yield. An investigation is ongoing. It is unclear whether Bercraft’s survivors will file a suit.
According to reports, the incident occurred at around 6:00 Friday evening at the intersection of Lyons Road and Boynton Beach Boulevard, which is regulated by a traffic light. Becraft was northbound on Lyons Road in a bicycle lane, while Perez was westbound on Boynton Beach Boulevard in his 2008 Dodge van.
The two met at the intersection, where Perez reportedly had the green light. However, reports say Becraft continued across the intersection, failing to yield for Perez; bicycles on streets are, by law, required to follow traffic rules, including stopping for red lights. Sources say Perez struck Becraft, who flew across the pavement.
Becraft was taken to the Delray Beach Medical Center where, sadly, he was pronounced dead from his injuries. Perez appears to have remained at the scene and is cooperating with investigators, reports say.