Richard McNevin, a Boynton Beach, Florida police sergeant, was injured in a car accident on Monday, news sources report. The accident allegedly occurred when a driver ran a red light and struck the officer. McNevin sustained minor injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Information regarding the other driver’s identity was not immediately available following the incident; he, too, sustained minor injuries and received treatment at a nearby hospital. Police are currently conducting an investigation into the accident. So far, no charges have been filed.
According to reports, McNevin is a sergeant with the Boynton Beach Police Department. Sources say he was on duty at the time of the accident. It is unclear whether McNevin was in his cruiser at the time of the crash.
The collision occurred at the intersection of Northeast Fourth Street and North Swinton Avenue, which is controlled by a traffic light. At around 1:40 Monday afternoon, McNevin was crossing the intersection; sources say he had the green light. At the same time, a Hyundai Sonata ran a red light in the opposite street and collided with McNevin’s vehicle, sources say. It is not yet known what caused the Sonata driver to run the red light.
Paramedics transported McNevin to the Bethesda Memorial Hospital. Reports say he sustained non-life threatening injuries in the collision. The Sonata driver sustained minor injuries as well and is recovering at the Bethesda clinic.
In other news, a five-year-old boy in West Palm Beach was injured in a bonfire accident on Wednesday, reports say. The child reportedly threw an aerosol can in the outdoor fire, causing an explosion. Police are currently investigating the accident. It is not clear whether the child was being supervised when the incident occurred.
The victim sustained critical injuries in the ensuing explosion and was air-lifted to a trauma center at a nearby hospital for emergency treatment. It is unclear whether charges will be filed. It also remains to be seen whether the victim’s family will file a suit.
According to reports, the incident occurred around 7:00 Wednesday evening in the 1700 block of 64th Terrace South. Sources say someone had been burning wood outside of a home in the block. It is not yet known whether anyone was watching the fire when the accident occurred. Three children, including the victim, were playing outdoors near the area when they came upon the fire. It appears as though they were not under adult supervision at the time.
“There was a fire already lit over there,” a witness said. “And one of the [three children] threw hairspray into the fire and it exploded. I think some of the liquid in the spray got on the kid. The fire … burned the kid’s arm.”
Paramedics loaded the victim onto the Trauma Hawk helicopter and air rushed him to the Delray Medical Center’s trauma center, reports say. The boy sustained critical burns in the fire. An update on his condition was not immediately available following the accident. It does not appear as though the two other children sustained injury.