Marquet Robinson of Palm Beach County, Florida was struck and killed by Emmanuel Ernevil while working on Southern Boulevard on March 22.
According to Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, the incident occurred on the far right lane of the eastbound Southern Boulevard in West Palm Beach on Wednesday before 8 a.m. Robinson, 25, was placing traffic cones behind his work truck and trailer when Ernevil, who was driving a 2000 Mercedes in the same lane, lost control and crashed into Robinson’s truck.
The impact threw Robinson over the guardrail and into the grass, and injured another worker. Ernevil’s vehicle continued out of control and struck a Silverado, which in turn struck a third vehicle that crashed into a tree. The drivers of the other vehicles and the worker with Robinson only suffered minor injuries.
Robinson was rushed to St. Mary’s Medical Center where he later died, the sheriff’s office said. The exact cause of the crash is still unclear. Investigators say Robinson’s trailer was illuminated with an arrow to let other drivers know to avoid the lane. News sources did not say if Ernevil had any charges pending.
Another accident was reported on Sunday on South Dixie Highway in Homestead. 8th-grade teacher Saryna Parker of South Dade Middle School was arrested for reportedly crashing into another vehicle while driving under the influence of alcohol with her 10-year-old son in the back seat. No one was injured in the crash.
Parker, 43, faces several charges, including DUI causing property damage, DUI, child abuse, and battery of a police officer after she allegedly kicked her arresting officer in the groin. She was released on bond. It is unclear if she has sought legal representation.
According to the arrest report, the crash occurred near SW 182nd Avenue on South Dixie Highway in Homestead. Parker was driving a Cadillac with her son when she rear-ended a another vehicle. The police officer who arrived at the scene reported that Parker had a strong smell of alcohol on her breath and that her speech was slurred.
Parker reportedly told the deputy that she “wasn’t driving” and tried to leave the scene to use a restroom. After she was detained, she agreed to a field sobriety test, but refused to take a breath test. The responding officer called a Florida Highway Patrol trooper to perform the test. According to the FHP trooper, Parker was swaying on her feet and couldn’t keep her balance during the exercise. He also reported that Parker touched him on the back and told him that she wanted to “kiss him.”
The arrest report said Parker was very “uncooperative” and “belligerent” during her arrest. She reportedly kicked an officer in the groin region when she was placed in the back of a patrol car and kept kicking the car door once she was secured inside.
A spokesperson for Miami-Dade Public Schools released a statement to news sources saying Parker “will be terminated” from her position as a probationary school teacher. She won’t be allowed to work for schools again.