Jamie Longwell of West Palm Beach, Florida was arrested last Thursday after authorities accused him of killing 21-year-old Roxann Kelleher in a car accident, news sources indicate. Longwell, 40, was booked into Palm Beach County Jail on charges of vehicular manslaughter, leaving the scene of a crash involving property damage, and driving with a suspended license along with several counts of drug possession and distribution. He remains incarcerated in lieu of $640,000 bail bond, sources indicate. It remains unclear whether Longwell has retained a private criminal defense lawyer.
According to news reports, Longwell was apprehended after he allegedly hit another car, then crashed his own vehicle on March 13 at approximately 12:30 a.m. on Forest Hill Boulevard in West Palm Beach, Florida. Longwell was allegedly driving a 1986 Ford Mustang in the area with two passengers, 47-year-old Denyse Ann Gallitano (passenger seat) and Kelleher (back seat). It is not clear how the women were related to Longwell, although reports indicate that Kelleher lived with Longwell at the time.
Before crashing, Longwell allegedly sideswept a black 2007 Chevrolet Aveo while trying to pass it on Forest Hill Boulevard. Longwell was allegedly trying to pass the vehicle, driven by 51-year-old Teresa Vasquez, in order to run a red light. Vasques had either slowed or stopped at the light when Longwell allegedly sped by, hitting her vehicle and continuing forward at approximately 80 miles per hour. Vasquez was not hurt, although the financial implications of the collision remain unannounced.
Following that alleged incident, Longwell is believed to have lost control of the Mustang near the intersection of Forest Hill Boulevard and Haverhill Road. The vehicle reportedly spun out, hit a nearby wall that surrounds a mobile home park and a utility pole, and flipped over. All three of the vehicle’s occupants were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash and were thrown from the vehicle.
The accident victims were transported to area hospitals for treatment following the accident. Kelleher reportedly died at Delray Medical Center. Gallitano and Longwell were both treated for non-life threatening injuries. It is not clear whether any wrongful death or serious injury cases may be pending in connection to the incident.
Authorities reportedly believe that Longwell may have beem impaired and/or using a cell phone at the time of the crash. A blood test reportedly revealed that Longwell was under the influence of three controlled substances – morphine, oxycodone, and oxmorphine – at the time of the crash. Longwell apparently has a prescription for oxycodone, although it is not clear whether he has prescriptions for the other substances as well. Also, cell phone records from that night purportedly reveal that Longwell was either text messaging or calling near the time of the accident, although it is not clear whether he was actually doing either at the exact moment of the crash.
Longwell’s legal woes did not begin with the car accident. He and Kelleher were reportedly under investigation by the West Palm Beach Sheriff’s office for illegally selling oxycodone. The pair allegedly sold the drug to a detective in February, although it is not known whether they had been formally charged.