Bonnie L. Conine was killed in a Palm Beach Gardens, Florida bicycle accident on PGA Boulevard Tuesday, according to press reports. Another driver, identified only as G.C. Campbell, was also involved in the accident. Conine, a 45-year-old Palm Beach County resident, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Campbell, 32, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, was unharmed. The FHP is holding off filing criminal charges as it continues to investigate the collision.
Reports say the accident occurred around 11:00 Tuesday evening within the proximity of a Florida Turnpike entrance ramp. Conine was riding her bicycle in a labeled bicycle lane, heading westbound on PGA Boulevard at the time. Campbell was traveling in his Jeep Grand Cherokee out of a ramp-only lane along the same stretch of road, turning left, when his vehicle collided with Conine.
Medical respondents pronounced Conine dead at the scene. A friend of the victim told press that Conine “loved the ocean.” She had lived in Palm Beach County for 25 years, and was originally from Worcester, Massachusetts, reports indicate. No comment from Campbell is available, and it is not clear whether police suspect any wrongdoing in the accident.
In other tragic news reported out of Lake Worth, Florida, one man was killed and two were injured Tuesday morning in a collision on the 4500 block of South Military Trail. The deceased victim’s identity was withheld, though he was reportedly a 33-year-old Boynton Beach male. The other vehicle involved in the accident was carrying two individuals identified as Ashley R. Ward, 48, and Adrian P. Ward, 44, both of whom are West Palm Beach residents. The FHP is still investigating the accident and no charges have been pressed so far. It is unclear whether alcohol or substance abuse played a role in the accident.
Reports indicate that the accident occurred in the 4500 block of South Military Trail. The unidentified driver was heading northbound when he lost control of his vehicle, sources indicate. His white Saturn swerved across the road’s median and went into the opposite lane, where it collided with the Wards’ southbound Chevy. The driver of the Saturn was pronounced dead at the scene. The Wards were taken to JFK Medical Center where they are expected to make a full recovery.
Yet another road incident was reported out of Orange County on Saturday, although, thankfully, this one had no fatalities. Mark D. Ortiz of Osceola County was arrested after he allegedly pulled another motorist over, argued with him, and attempted to strike him with his vehicle. The other driver, identified as Daniel Echevarria, escaped unharmed. Ortiz, 37, was booked into police custody on charges of aggravated assault. It is not known if he has retained a private criminal defense attorney.
Reports say the incident took place along Poinciana Boulevard around 9:00 Saturday evening. Ortiz reportedly drove up behind Echevarria’s vehicle and began blinking his lights. Echevarria, who had his two young sons in his vehicle, pulled over. Ortiz pulled alongside of him and began arguing with him about his slow driving. At one point, Ortiz purportedly exited his vehicle and began beating on Echevarria’s Volkswagen CC, allegedly shouting death threats at the man.
Echevarria then allegedly got out of his vehicle and Ortiz climbed back into his SUV. Reports say Ortiz tried to run Echevarria down. However, Echevarria was able to dodge the SUV, which then came back for another unsuccessful strike before speeding off, reports indicate. Echevarria contacted police, who tracked Ortiz down at his residence and arrested him. It is not clear whether he admitted to the incident.