John D. Frazier of Boynton Beach, Florida allegedly struck an unmarked patrol car and fled the scene on Wednesday, news sources report. Information regarding the victim’s identity was not immediately available following the incident; reports say the victim sustained a head injury and was treated at an area hospital. Frazier, 65, has been apprehended, but it is unclear whether charges have been filed.
Reports say this is not Frazier’s first crash. In February 2011, Frazier was in a car accident in South Florida, the details of which are currently not known. Frazier was cited for careless driving following that accident, reports say. Sources also say that Frazier’s license expired in early August 2012 and he failed to have it renewed.
This latest accident occurred around 10:30 Wednesday morning on North Seacrest Boulevard in Boynton Beach. The boulevard has four lanes with a center turning lane. Reports say Frazier was southbound on the boulevard when he attempted to make a left turn and collided with the officer’s northbound unmarked cruiser. The impact reportedly caused the officer’s car to veer off the boulevard at into a light pole.
Frazier allegedly fled the scene following the accident, but a nearby city worker tailed Frazier’s vehicle, jotted down his license plate number, and called police. A patrolling officer later found Frazier and the Cadillac in a driveway in the 1600 block of Northeast First Street; Frazier was allegedly trying to repair some damage to the vehicle at the time. The officer spoke with Frazier and asked him why he left the scene of the accident, to which Frazier reportedly replied that he left the scene so that he could go home and get his license.
Car crashes may be the leading cause of injuries in South Florida, but they weren’t the only thing sending people to the hospital this past week. A Wellington man was hospitalized Tuesday after he was struck by lightning, reports say. The man’s name was not immediately released at press time; he was treated at an area hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
The National Weather Service says that lightning was striking the ground two to four times a minute Tuesday in the area where incident occurred. While that report seems shocking, a meteorologist spokesperson said it is a common trend in Florida. “Florida leads the country in the number of lightning deaths and injuries,” the meteorologist said. “It’s because we get more lightning than any other part of the country. It’s our climate.”
Sources say the victim was in the 14000 block of Greenbriar Boulevard at around 11:30 Tuesday afternoon when he was indirectly struck by lightning. The victim was taken to the Wellington Regional Medical Center; sources say he is expected to make a full recovery. Experts say that indirect lightning strikes usually cause numbness and tingling in areas of the body. “You hear the expression ‘you’re more likely to win the lottery than get hit by lightning.’ That may not apply to Florida,” the meteorologist said. Common ways of avoiding lightning strikes include staying inside in inclement weather.