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West Palm Beach, Florida Collision Sends Two to the Hospital

A West Palm Beach, Florida collision where a Porsche rear-ended a Jaguar outside of a Dunkin Donuts sent two people to the hospital Saturday, news sources report. Two of the Jaguar’s occupants reportedly sustained minor injuries and were taken to a nearby hospital. The driver of the Porsche does not appear to have been injured. Information regarding the driver and the two victims’ identities was not immediately available following the crash. Police are currently conducting an investigation to determine exactly what occurred. So far, no charges and no citations have been filed. It is unclear whether the victims will file for damages.

According to reports, the accident took place at around 11:00 Saturday morning outside of a Dunkin Donuts in the 3500 block of South Dixie Highway. South Dixie Highway is a four-lane street whose opposing lanes are separated by two yellow lines.

The driver of a Porsche Boxster S reportedly experienced “brake issues” while driving down the street. The driver ended up rear-ending a Jaguar, presumably due to the brake problems. The Porsche was traveling around 20 to 30 miles per hour at the time of the crash; the force of the collision pushed the Jaguar off the road and into a bush.

Paramedics transported two of the Jaguar’s occupants, including the driver, to the Good Samaritan Medical Center for treatment. The two victims sustained minor injuries. The driver of the Porsche does not appear to have been injured.

Police are currently investigating the accident and have not yet filed or cited the Porsche’s driver. It is unclear whether the Jaguar’s driver and passenger will files a damages suit against the driver of the Porsche, or whether the brake problems were due to negligence on the part of the manufacturer or a repair shop. When asked to comment following the accident, the Porsche’s driver said only, “[Accidents] happens. What are you going to do?”

In other news, James McHenry was killed in a Hutchinson Island accident on Wednesday while he was crossing the road, reports say. McHenry, 13, was struck by Paul George Smuts’s vehicle and critically injured; McHenry later died at a local hospital. Police are currently investigating the details of the accident. Smuts, 73, has so far not been charged with any wrongdoing.

According to reports, the accident occurred around 7:40 Wednesday evening on South Ocean Drive. The Florida Highway Patrol says McHenry was crossing the street and walked in front of Smuts’s Chrysler. Smuts was unable to stop in time, and the vehicle struck McHenry. Reports did not say whether the collision occurred at a crosswalk.

Paramedics rushed McHenry to the Martin Memorial Hospital following the crash. Doctors say McHenry sustained critical injuries; sadly, he was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the clinic.

Thousands of pedestrians are injured or killed in traffic accidents every year. According to a study by the CDC, more than 4,000 pedestrians were killed in traffic accident in the United States in 2008. That same study showed around 69,000 pedestrians were injured in traffic crashes that same year. Even more disturbingly, The CDC study says that one in every five children between the ages of 5 and 9 who were killed in traffic accidents in 2008 were pedestrians.

Sources: 4.6.13 West Palm Beach Collision.pdf, 4.6.13 Hutchinson Island Pedestrian Fatality.pdf, CDC Statistics.pdf.

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