Austin Daino of Jupiter Farms, Florida was injured in a dirt bike/SUV collision with Adam Krupp on Wednesday, news sources report. Daino, 14, sustained critical injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Krupp, 19, and passengers Krysten Michon, 19, and Kevin Vriesenga, 18, were not injured. Police are currently conducting an investigation to determine the exact cause of the accident. So far, there have been no charges.
Reports say Daino was not legally permitted to be driving the dirt bike, which was not registered, on the road. It is not clear where Daino obtained the bike. Reports also suggest that Daino had taken the dirt bike onto the street without a guardian’s permission.
According to reports, the accident occurred at the intersection of 164th Court North and Alexander Run in Jupiter Farms. Daino was westbound on 164th Court North and Krupp was northbound on Alexander Run in his 1995 GMC Yukon. The two vehicles met at the intersection, where Daino allegedly failed to stop for a stop sign and “violently impacted” the side of Krupp’s SUV.
Daino was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center; his condition remained serious following the accident. Krupp and his two passengers, Michon and Vriesenga, were not injured. It is unclear whether police will press charges against Daino for allegedly operating the dirt bike on a public road without a permit.
In other traffic-related news, Vanessa Miranda and her sister Steffany Miranda of Miami were arrested Saturday after they were accused drunkenly switching seats in their car during a traffic stop, reports say. Vanessa, 24, and Steffany, 18, were booked into police custody on charges of DUI. It is not yet known whether they qualified for bail or hired legal representation.
According to reports, the incident occurred Saturday evening when a police officer spotted Vanessa and Steffany’s vehicle swerving on US 1 in the Florida Keys. The officer followed the defendants’ car for several miles, during which time the vehicle reportedly increased and decreased speeds and braked without visible cause. When the officer put on his siren, the defendants’ car reportedly stopped in the traffic lane. After the vehicle stopped, the officer reportedly witnessed the defendants changing seats through the car’s back window.
The officer called for backup and had the defendants, who reportedly smelled of alcohol, perform a roadside sobriety test. Sources say that both the defendants failed to perform the test and were subsequently arrested. Both women were charged with driving under the influence because, due to the change of seats, both had been in the driver’s seat of the vehicle with the keys in the ignition while impaired.
According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were 1,588 alcohol-related traffic accidents, 43 of them fatal, in Miami-Dade County in 2010. Records from the FLHSMV show that Orange County, with 62 alcohol-related crash fatalities that year, held the record of all Florida counties. Over the past decade, Florida has been enacting more and more severe penalties for DUI drivers in an effort to drive down those numbers.