Lesa Tavarez, Daemon Drew, and two others were involved in a car accident in The Acreage, Florida that ended with Tavarez dead and Drew and the others hospitalized, according to news reports. No charges have yet been filed and an investigation is under way, but authorities have purportedly indicated that the accident may have been the result of DUI or impairment due to drugs. It is not clear whether 17-year-old Drew, who allegedly ran into Tavarez’ vehicle, has retained a private criminal defense lawyer or would potentially face prosecution as an adult if charged.
According to sources, the collision occurred on Friday at approximately 1:13 p.m. at the intersection of Seminole Pratt Whitney Road and Orange Boulevard in The Acreage, Florida. Reports indicate that Tavarez was making a right turn onto Orange Boulevard in her 2011 Mini Cooper when Drew struck her vehicle with a 2008 Hyundai. Details of the crash are not immediately available, such as whether the crash was a rear-end, side-sweep, or head-on collision or whether speed was a factor. After the collision, reports indicate that the Mini Cooper rolled over. Drew’s vehicle apparently continued down Orange Boulevard until his vehicle struck a curb and flipped over as well.
Tavarez’s vehicle was reportedly carrying passengers Zachary Dooling, 20, along with a minor whose name and age have not been made public; it is not clear how Tavarez and the passengers were related. Tavarez was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, according to reports. The three survivors of the crash were airlifted to St. Mary’s Medical center for treatment. Police indicated that Seminole Pratt Whitney Road was partially closed for a few hours following the collision but were re-opened that evening.
Unfortunately, this was not the only fatal accident in the area last week. On Tuesday, a three-vehicle crash on Veterans Memorial Parkway injured six people, sources indicate. The names of the injured parties are currently unavailable as Port St. Lucie officials continue to investigate the collision, one of numerous South Florida car accidents to occur recently.
Report indicate that the collision occurred just before 2:10 p.m. on Tuesday on Veterans Memorial Parkway, near Southeast Hideaway Circle. The driver of a Dodge Ram pickup truck allegedly nodded off while behind the wheel and crashed into a utility pole, dislodging the pile and launching the vehicle into the air. A red sports car that was driving the opposite direction on Veterans Memorial Parkway was purportedly side-swept by the pickup truck, which tore off part of the car’s roof. The damaged utility pole evidently fell onto a Hyundai sport utility vehicle that was driving by.
The Dodge Ram owner was reportedly flown to a nearby hospital for treatment. His injuries were described as non-life threatening. The occupants of the Hyundai, two children and two adults, were taken to a local hospital along with an occupant of the sports car. The Hyundai’s driver and passenger’s injuries were purportedly non-life threatening; it is not clear what the status of the sports car’s occupant is.
Florida Power and Light Co. responded to the area to repair the utility pole and lines.