Stephen Martinez and two others were involved in a Delray Beach, Florida hit-and-run collision on Thursday, news sources report. The accident occurred when Martinez rear-ended the two victims’ vehicle and allegedly fled the scene. All that is known about the victims is that they are a mother and daughter. Martinez, 50, was booked into police custody on one count of hit-and-run. It is unclear whether he qualified for bail. The press did not list a attorney for Martinez.
According to reports, the incident occurred around 5:40 Thursday evening on South Federal Highway, which is located near East Linton Boulevard. The mother was driving along the highway with her daughter when Martinez approached them from behind in his Dodge Ram pick-up truck. Reports say Martinez’s vehicle rear-ended the victims’ vehicle and then fled the scene. The victims followed Martinez to a parking lot in the 1400 block of South Federal Highway.
Reports say that Martinez parked and exited his vehicle, walked to the victims’ vehicle, and began punching one of their back windows. Martinez then allegedly climbed back inside his truck and fled the scene. The victims were reportedly able to write down Martinez’s license plate number.
Police spoke with the victims shortly after the crash. The mother said the collision left her with a pain in her back, while the daughter reported pain in her neck. Both victims were taken to Bethesda Memorial Hospital. An update on their condition was not immediately available.
Detectives looked up Martinez’s phone number and tried to call him, but were unable to make contact. A few days following the accident, an officer in Delray Beach was able to speak with Martinez on the telephone. According to a police report, Martinez explained that the collision was “very minor so he left the scene after a verbal dispute with the other driver.” Detectives arrested Martinez on Monday and booked him into the county jail the next day.
In other news, Christina Grant, a retired police officer, and her dog were fortunate enough to walk away from a fiery collision with a cement truck on Friday, reports say. The accident occurred when Grant’s U-Haul was struck by the cement truck. Grant was uninjured in the crash, but her cargo was destroyed by the fire. The Florida Highway Patrol says another cement truck driver may be at fault for pulling into oncoming traffic moments before the accident. It is unclear whether charges will be filed.
According to reports, Grant is moving Tallahassee with her husband. She was in the U-Haul truck that day with her dog and a load of her belongings. The crash occurred around 6:00 Friday morning on the Florida Turnpike near PGA Boulevard. Reports say a cement truck at a construction site pulled into the path of another cement truck. The second cement truck swerved to avoid hitting the first and collided with the side of Grant’s U-Haul. The collision sent Grant’s U-Haul into the side of a concrete barrier.
“It was incredible, the moment that there was impact the fire immediately started,” Grant said. “I had to jump several feet over and try to rescue my dog.” Grant and her dog escaped the fire that consumed the U-Haul, but all she could do was watch as her belongings burned. No one was injured in the crash.