Garret A. Taylor and Michael J. Taylor were in a Boynton Beach, Florida car accident on Tuesday that resulted in both parties being sent to the hospital with minor injuries, according to local news reports. The two men, who are not related despite having the same last name, were reportedly on Interstate 95 in Palm Beach County when the crash occurred. A Florida Highway Patrol investigation into the incident, which is ongoing, has reportedly thus far resuted in a careless driving citation for Garret Taylor. It is not clear whether criminal charges will follow, nor is it clear whether Michael Taylor, 56, is seeking the services of a personal injury lawyer.
According to news reports, the accident occurred at approximately 7:20 a.m. yesterday, on Interstate 95 near Woolbright Road in Boynton Beach, Florida. Sources indicate that Michael Taylor, a Palm Beach Sheriff’s Deuty, was stopped facing southbound in the median of the highway in an unmarked 2008 Dodge Charger, filling out paperwork for a traffic stop. He was apparantly wearing his seatbelt at the time.
Meanwhile, Garret Taylor, 42, was reportedly traveling on the highway in his 1988 black Ford Ranger when he allegedly swerved to the right. Garret Taylor allegedly continued veering, bocking traffic in the HOV (high occupancy vehicle, or carpool) lane, crossing into the median lane, and rear-ending the Charger after hitting the concrete median barrier. Although the action reportedly caused several vehicles to have to slam on their brakes, only the Charger and the Ranger were involved in the crash.
The impact of the collision sent the pickup rearing on its’ two front wheels. The truck eventually came to rest on its side, and emergency workers had to extricate Garrett Taylor from the vehicle. News reports do not specify what injuries Garret Taylor suffered from, although he was reportedly transported to Delray Medical Center for treatment. Michael Taylor was evidently taken to the same hospital after reporting back pain.
The crash, which reportedly blocked both the median and carpool lanes of southbound Interstate 95, necesitated the temporary closing of both lanes, causing a traffic jam reaching back to Hypoluxo Road. The lanes have reportedly since been re-opened. The investigation, partially conducted while the lanes were shut down, reportedly found that Garret Taylor had been driving carelessly, although the FHP evidently does not suspect the involvement of drugs or alcohol.
Unfortunately, some recent crashes in the area resuled in much more substantial injuries than this one. News reports indicate the Phillip Grover, 45, was killed in Delray Beach after his motorcycle collided with an SUV driven by Michael Davison, 62. No charges have yet been filed and investigators continue to work to determine the cause of the crash. It is not clear whether a wrongful death suit may follow.
Sources indicate that the motorcycle accident occurred at approximately 5:09 p.m. on Atlantic Avenue. Grover was reportedly headed east on his 2001 Suzuki Bandit, allegedly going 55 miles per hour. The speed limit on that stretch of road is reportedly 25 miles per hour. As Grover was headed east, Davison allegedly turned his Toyota Scion SUV directly in front of the motorcycle as he was turning south from Atlantic Avenue onto Palm Square. Grover was reportedly unable to avoid hitting the SUV and was thrown from his motorcycle. He was purportedly pronounced dead at the scene.
Read about other recent area car accidents here.