Makita Campbell, Shonteria Grimsley, Christina Oliver Joseph, Jason Mahlung, and one other of Riviera Beach, Florida were killed in a car accident on Saturday, news sources report. The accident occurred when Jabari Kemp ran a red light and collided with the vehicle carrying the five victims. Kemp, 21, sustained serious injuries but is expected to survive. Campbell, 14, Grimsley, 17, Joseph, 17, and Mahlung, 21, and another 22-year-old man whose identity was not released, all died in the crash. Police are currently conducting an investigation to determine the exact cause of the accident. So far, no charges have been filed. It remains to be seen whether surviving relatives of the deceased will file a suit.
According to reports, Mahlung and the other male victim left an apartment building in a 1994 Lexus around 11:30 Friday evening and picked up Campbell, Grimsley, and Joseph. The group was heading to an unknown location when they approached an Interstate 95 exit ramp in Riviera Beach. Reports say the victims had the green light at the intersection. At the same time, Kemp was exiting the I95 ramp and allegedly ran through the red light at “a high rate of speed.” Kemp’s 2008 Mercedes collided with the side of the Lexus.
Only one of the victims was wearing their seat belt at the time of the collision, reports say. The force of the impact threw four of the victims from the Lexus, though reports did not specify which victims were ejected from the vehicle. Paramedics pronounced the five victims dead at the scene. Rescue crews transported Kemp to St. Mary’s Hospital; sources say he sustained critical injuries, but doctors expect him to make a recovery.
Traffic homicide detectives are now investigating the collision. “We’re not ruling out anything at this point,” a police spokesperson said. “It’s every parent’s worst fear. The families right now are the main concern.” Detectives say they have not ruled out whether drugs or alcohol played a role in the collision. Detectives believe Kemp was speeding at the time of the crash. Charges are pending as the police investigation is ongoing.
In other news, at least one Loxahatchee child was thrown from a golf cart and injured on Wednesday, reports say. The accident occurred on 43rd Road North in Loxahatchee. Information regarding the identity of the driver or the victim was not immediately available following the incident. Police are currently investigating the crash and have not yet pressed any charges.
According to reports, the accident occurred around 8:00 Wednesday evening in the 13300 block of 43rd Road North. Sources say several children were riding in a golf cart, though it was not immediately apparent whether and adult or minor was driving the cart. At some point, one child was thrown from the cart and into the street. It is unclear whether the cart was driving recklessly or at high speeds at the time of the accident.
Paramedics say the child sustained critical injuries; the Trauma Hawk helicopter rushed the victim to St. Mary’s Medical Center. An update on the child’s condition was not immediately available.