Leonard Eaton of West Palm Beach, Florida was killed Friday when an SUV struck him as he crossed a portion of Jog Road, new sources indicate. The vehicle left the scene following the accident without waiting for police or checking on Eaton, sources say. Eaton, 69, was taken to the Delray Beach Medical Center, where he died from critical injuries sustained in the crash. An investigation is ongoing and police are still searching for the driver.
Reports say the incident occurred sometime Friday in the northern lanes of Jog Road, not far from Purdy Lane. Eaton was crossing a portion of the northbound road when an SUV struck him. It is not clear whether Eaton was using a crosswalk at the time. Reports say the vehicle hit Eaton with its front passenger side. Witnesses on the scene identified the vehicle as a possibly light-colored SUV; reports also say it may have flame-like details on its front end.
Paramedics rushed Eaton to the Delray Beach Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. A police spokesperson later released this statement: “Investigators have learned that the vehicle is a 2002 to a 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer, GMC Envoy, Oldsmobile Bravada or an Isuzu Ascender.” So far, police have not released any information regarding possible suspects.
Unfortunately, Mr. Eaton was not the only Floridian to perish on state roads this week. Hazel B. Dill and Kayla L. Ingerman of Bay County, Florida were pronounced dead Saturday after their vehicles collided on a stretch of US 231, reports indicate. Also involved in the accident was Stanley Kahn, 30, and his passenger Edward Hand, 31; both received minor injuries in the crash. Dill, 87, and Ingerman, 23, were unfortunately pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
Reports say the accident occurred around 11:00 Saturday night. Dill was traveling along US 231 in the wrong lanes, sources say; it is not clear why. Ingerman was traveling along the same lanes in the opposite direction when her 2004 Chevy Cavalier collided with Dill’s 1997 Chevy Malibu. An additional vehicle, identified as a 2003 Pontiac Sunfire, driven by Kahn with his passenger Hand, also collided with the two vehicles. Ingerman and Dill were pronounced dead at the scene. Kahn and Hand escaped with non-life threatening injures. It is unclear whether they accepted medical attention. Reports say that everyone involved was wearing a seat belt.
In other news, a teen in Hollywood, Florida was seriously Friday after he was struck by a car on Dixie Highway. Reports did not identify the boy by name. He was taken to the Memorial Regional Medical Center with critical head injuries. An investigation is ongoing and it is not yet known whether charges will be filed.
Reports say the accident occurred sometime Friday afternoon as the 14-year-old boy attempted to cross a portion of Dixie Highway and Sheridan Street in downtown Hollywood. As he crossed the busy roadway, an oncoming vehicle struck him. The driver remained at the scene until paramedics arrived. Reports say the accident occurred only within a few miles of South Broward High School.