Daniel Sephes Jr. of Riviera Beach, Florida has been arrested for purportedly causing a fatal car crash that ended the life of Lenora Jean Price on March 12. Sephes, 36, faces charges for vehicular manslaughter and half a dozen counts of reckless driving. He was booked into Palm Beach County Jail, where he is still being held in lieu of $65,500 bond. The press did not specify whether Sephes has acquired legal representation.
According to the arrest report, the fatal accident occurred at 6:30 p.m. on Garden Road near Riviera Beach. Sephes was allegedly going over 70 mph to rush his wounded relative, Dashiell McGrady, to the hospital.
McGrady had suffered a gunshot wound to the leg that left him incapacitated, but reports did not state how this happened. When interviewed by police, Sephes purportedly said he was speeding as he drove McGrady to the hospital because he believed that someone was following them.
As he tried to pass a vehicle in front of him on the two-lane road, Sephes’ Chevrolet Silverado collided head-on into Price’s Ford Expedition. Price, 34, had five children with her in the car. She died during the collision, but all the children survived, albeit with serious injuries. It is unclear what her relationship with the children was.
Deputies from Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office apprehended Sephes’ at the scene of the accident. He reportedly managed to safely get out of his crumpled vehicle and a Good Samaritan took McGrady, 29, to the hospital.
Investigators handling the case estimate that Sephes was driving at speeds as high as 73 mph in a 45-mph zone. The arrest report also states that Sephes had a working mobile phone with him during the shooting incident that led to the fatal car crash, but he never attempted to contact emergency services for help.