Brenton Davon McCray, Marie Guillaume, and Michael Theodore were in a Delray Beach, Florida car accident on Tuesday when McCray allegedly ran a stop sign while fleeing police, news sources report. Guillaume sustained critical injuries and is recovering at the Delray Medical Center; her son Theodore, 12, sustained less-serious injuries and has been released from the hospital. McCray, 30, was treated and booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on charges of failing to remain at a crash, fleeing causing injury or death, reckless driving causing serious bodily injury, driving without a license causing serious injury or death, resisting an officer, and possession of marijuana. Sources did not say whether he qualified for bail bond or hired legal representation.
According to reports, McCray has been arrested two dozen times since 2000. The details of those arrests were not available at press time. Sources say McCray had been driving without a license at the time of the accident.
The incident began at around 8:00 Tuesday evening on Lake Ida Road. A police unit in the area noticed McCray’s 2006 Infiniti M45 and saw that a seat belt “was not visible across McCray’s chest,” sources report. The officer began tailing McCray, who stopped for a red light at the intersection of Lake Ida and Swinton and turned north onto Swinton. The officer continued to follow McCray as he turned onto Northeast Fifth.
While tailing McCray on Northeast Fifth, the officer turned on his flashing lights in an attempt to pull McCray over, sources state. McCray allegedly accelerated away from the officer, reaching speeds of around 50 miles per hour (the residential street’s speed limit is reportedly 25 miles per hour). Reports say McCray ran a stop sign at the intersection of NE Fifth and NE Second Avenue, where he collided with Guillaume and Theodore’s 1995 Toyota Corolla.
The force of the collision sent McCray into a telephone pole, which split into two pieces and fell to the ground. Nearby neighbor Robert O’Neill heard the collision and the telephone pole’s transformer explode as it fell. “It sounded like a bomb had gone off,” O’Neill reportedly told reporters. “The force was incredible.” The crash left over 100 residents without power.
Following the crash, McCray sprang from his vehicle and fled the scene on foot, reports state. The pursuing officer also exited his patrol car and began chasing after McCray. The four-minute foot pursuit ended in the 100 block of Dixie Boulevard.
Guillaume was cut from her vehicle and taken to the Delray Medical Center; she sustained life-threatening injuries in the crash and was placed on trauma alert. Theodore’s injuries were reportedly less severe; he has since been treated and released from the hospital. It is not clear who is caring for Theodore while his mother recovers.
Following his arrest. McCray was transported to the Bethesda Hospital. He was treated, released, and taken into police custody. Meanwhile, detectives searched McCray’s vehicle and allegedly located a small amount of marijuana inside the center console. McCray later admitted the drugs were his, reports say. McCray also reportedly told police that he fled the officer because he did not have a driver’s license.
Source: 7.31.13 McCray Collision.pdf