Andrew Saxon of West Palm Beach, Florida was killed in a traffic collision Sunday, sources say. The accident occurred when Alexander Valencia, who was driving with Saxon in the passenger seat, into another car on a roadway in Palm Springs. Saxon, 19, was pronounced dead following the accident. It is unclear whether Valencia sustained injuries, but the driver and passenger of the other vehicle – neither of whom has been identified – were taken to the hospital with critical injuries. No arrests were made on the scene, but charges are pending at the FHP conducts an investigation into the collision.
Sources say the accident occurred around 9:00 Sunday evening. Saxon and Valencia were headed down 10th Avenue near Davis Road in Palm Springs at the time. Valencia steered his 2011 Chevrolet Camaro left and struck a 2008 Buick, sources indicate. A 30-year-old woman was behind the wheel of the Buick, carrying a male passenger, 28. Saxon, reports say, died in the accident, and the two Buick occupants were critically injured. A spokesperson from the FHP told the press that driver error might have been the determining factor in the crash.
Florida Highway Patrol reported that this was only one of four traffic-related deaths to occur this week. Hurricane Isaac is believed to be a culprit in the crashes, the FHP said, as the turbulent winds, heavy rains and flooded roadways make traversing the roads dangerous. The FHP issued a warning Monday, advising people to avoid driving on the roadways unless it is an emergency.
Around 1:00 Monday morning, Felix Martinez of West Palm Beach, Florida was killed in an accident believed to have been partially caused by the recent storm. Sources say that Martinez celebrated his 40th birthday on Sunday prior to the accident. He was driving his 2011 Nissan Rogue on I-95, just south of Forest Hill Boulevard in West Palm Beach, when the accident occurred. “It looks like he struck water, attempted to over-correct, and lost control,” a spokesperson for the FPH told the press. His vehicle crashed into a concrete wall in the median before coming to a stop.
The FHP is investigating the accident, and is trying to determine if alcohol may have played a role in the crash. Investigators are awaiting the return of a toxicology report to determine whether Martinez was under the influence. Martinez was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the collision, press reports state.
Another tragic accident that may have been caused by the hectic weather was reported out of Palm Beach County on Monday morning. Benjamin Eplan, William Broussard IV, and Ryan Lane were in a vehicle that veered off the roadway and struck a tree in the early morning hours Monday, sources say. Eplan, 33, and Broussard, 24, were pronounced dead following the accident. Lane, 26, was treated for serious injuries. The FHP has started investigating the incident, and say that drugs and alcohol may have been contributing factors.
Reports say the three men were traveling the 6000 block of West Atlantic Avenue near Delray Beach when the accident took place. Details were sketchy, but at some point, their vehicle swerved off the roadway and struck a tree in the median of the road. The FHP was rerouting traffic along the road while they investigated the accident. It is unclear whether the men were wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash.