Margaret Avitt was killed and Mark Bernard Alicandro, Warren Henry Thiemann, and Randi Faye Skilton injured in a Delray Beach, Florida collision with on Sunday, news sources report. The accident occurred when 26-year-old Thomann allegedly rear-ended Alicandro’s van. Avitt, 52, who was a passenger in the van, was pronounced dead at the Delray Beach Medical Center. Alicandro, 60, sustained critical injuries and was taken to the same hospital. Thomann and his passenger, 24-year-old Randi Faye Skilton, sustained minor injuries. Police are currently conducting an investigation into the crash; charges are purportedly pending. It is unclear whether anyone will file for damages.
According to reports, the accident occurred on Interstate 95. Over the past few decades, Interstate 95 has shown to be one of South Florida’s deadliest expressways. The interstate connects some of South Florida’s largest counties and has ten lanes, five that go in either direction. One study showed that, between 2004 and 2008, there were an estimated 1.73 deadly crashes per mile on Interstate 95.
This latest accident occurred around 10:00 Sunday morning on Interstate 95 near the Woolbright Road exit in Delray Beach. Alicandro and Avitt were headed north in a 2004 GMC van; Thomann and Skilton were also northbound in a 2006 Audi. According to the press, all the victims were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash.
While the precise details are still unavailable, sources say Thomann rear-ended Avitt’s van. The force of the impact sent the GMC careening off the road. It apparently rolled over and struck several trees. Rescue workers had to remove Avitt from the van using the Jaws of Life, a tool used to cut victims out of vehicles crushed in accidents. Alicandro and Avitt reportedly both sustained critical injuries and were taken to the Delray Beach Medical Center.
Sadly, Avitt was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital, sources say. Thomann and Skilton reportedly sustained minor injuries and did not need to be hospitalized. The Florida Highway Patrol is currently investigating the accident; alcohol does not appear to have played a role.
Early last week, four vehicles were involved in a chain collision on the Interstate 95, sources report. No one was injured in the crash, which involved three large trucks and one car. It is not yet clear how much the damage from the accident will cost the owners of the vehicles. It is too soon to say whether anyone will file a suit.
Reports say the accident happened around 3 p.m. in the southbound lanes of Interstate 95 in Deerfield Beach. A 1995 Kenworth tractor-trailer and a 2008 Mitsubishi box truck were apparently stopped near each other on the freeway; it is still not clear what the vehicles were doing stopped there. A 2005 Sterling cement truck neared the scene and was unable to stop in time. “The cement truck failed to stop, hit the box truck and pushed the box truck into the tractor trailer. Then, the cement truck veered to the left and hit the Lincoln Town Car,” an FHP spokesperson said.