Marc Pierre of Boynton Beach, Florida was killed in a car accident that involved five vehicles and a trailer on Friday, according to local news reports. Pierre, 79, was apparently killed after he failed to stop at a red traffic light, sending his car and a neighboring pickup into an intersection. No charges have been filed as investigators continue to work to determine the cause of the accident. It remains unclear whether a car malfunction or defect could be to blame.
According to news reports, the accident occurred on Friday afternoon at approximately 2:35 on Boynton Beach Boulevard, near the Interstate 95 overpass. Sources indicate that Pierre was driving an Acura sedan on Boynton Beach Boulevard, possibly speeding, when he drove toward a red light without slowing for an unknown reason. Pierre then allegedly rear-ended a pickup truck stopped at the light. Investigators are still unsure as to why Pierre failed to stop at the light.
News sources report that the impact of the crash sent both car and truck into the intersection, where they struck several vehicles on their way through the intersection. A total of five vehicles were involved in the collision, including another pickup truck and an unspecified fifth vehicle. The name of the driver of the initial pickup and of all of the vehicles (save one) were not released to the public. It is unclear exactly how many persons were involved in the accident. Two occupants of the fifth vehicle were reportedly sent to Bethesda Memorial hospital, where they were treated for minor injuries.
One of the drivers, 64-year-old Frank Luzak, told the press that he believed that Pierre may have experienced a medical complication before the crash. “No squealing. Nothing. All I heard is ‘crash,'” he purportedly told the press. It is unclear whether investigators have commented publicly on this possibility.
Unfortunately, this was not the only serious car accident that occurred this week in the Palm Beach area. On Sunday, three people were killed and 12 injured in a rollover crash on interstate 95, according to press reports. 38-yearold Benitoh Delice, 45-year-old Berteau Nazaire, and 34-year-old Sonja Maubrun all died in the accident, which occurred when the 1997 Dodge van they were riding in crashed. The driver, Vilbrun Bertrand, reportedly told officials that one of the tires had separated from the van, causing him to lose control. Investigators are still looking into the accident, and no charges have been filed at this time.
Sources indicate that the crash occurred at approximately 7:45 in the morning on Sunday on Interstate 95, near the Volusia-Flager county line. Bertrand, 57, was driving the Dodge, which was carrying 15 Haitian workers to New Jersey to work. It is not clear what company had hired them or what type of work they were going to do, nor is it clear whether the company had hired the seemingly unsafe vehicle to carry the workers.
Bertrand purportedly told authorities that when the tire separated from the van, he lost control and the van flipped over several times. The three parties who were killed were reportedly ejected from the vehicle during the rollover. It is not clear whether they were wearing seatbelts.