Bicyclist speaks out after crash with BMW in Delray – Sun

In the four years Michael Russo’s ridden his bike down Ocean Boulevard, he said he’s never been hit by a car.

That changed two days before his 46th birthday. Around 6 p.m. Thursday in Delray Beach, the driver of a white BMW and Russo collided. He told police the driver sped off.

“You hear about it all the time but you can’t believe someone would be so audacious and cold that they would hit someone and just leave,” Russo said in a phone call from his home in Boynton Beach on Friday.

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It happened about a quarter-mile north of Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach as Russo was riding his Trek mountain bike south down Ocean Boulevard.

“I come down on the roof/windshield of his car, and just like in the Matrix, in slow motion, watch his passenger mirror fly past me,” Russo wrote in a post on his Facebook page after the accident.

Witnesses rushed to Russo’s side. One witness tried to stop the BMW but the driver swerved around and kept going, according to a Delray Beach police crash report.

Police describe the driver as a man between 20 to 25 years old and the BMW as having passenger-side damage and possibly having out of state plates from Connecticut or Tennessee. It’s also missing the passenger-side rearview mirror.

A witness told police Russo made a “hard left” and hit the BMW, according to the report.

Russo said the lane bike riders use narrows there and that he didn’t swerve into traffic.

Delray Beach paramedics rushed him to Delray Medical Center.

The crash left Russo with a lower back injury and road rash along the left side of his body — but he said he’ll ride the route again. More carefully.

“Riders definitely have to pay more attention,” Russo said. “You never know who’s riding up behind you.”

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Northbound lanes reopen after I-95 rollover crash in Delray Beach – Sun

Northbound lanes on I-95 have reopened after a rollover crash at about 9 a.m. on Wednesday, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Delray Beach Fire Rescue responded to the crash involving several vehicles near Atlantic Avenue.

The right lane of the off-ramp near the crash was blocked but has since reopened, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Twin engine plane crashes at Lantana Airport

LANTANA, FL (WFLX)–  A small plane crashed Tuesday morning at the Lantana Airport after having problems with its landing gear, according to officials.

At 9:54 a.m. rescue crews responded to the scene and found a twin engine Cessna had landed without its gear down.

The aircraft was on the runway on its belly with two occupants inside.

Witnesses say they saw the aircraft coming into the runway faster than normal.

“Well it’s a sad day for the guy (pilot) because it’s his airplane. You know it’s going to require a lot of work to get it back. But the important thing is that everyone is all right. That’s always number one,” said pilot Warner Boyd who witnessed the hard landing.

No one was injured.

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Mom who drove van into ocean linked to fatal Delray crash

DELRAY BEACH, FL (WFLX) – The South Carolina woman, who Daytona Beach police say, drove her van into the ocean earlier this week with her children inside is linked to a fatal 2007 wreck in Delray Beach.

Ebony Wilkerson, 32, made national headlines after driving the van into the surf with her three children inside the vehicle.

On Feb. 23, 2007, a wreck occurred in the northbound lanes of Interstate 95 near the Congress Avenue exit, according the Florida Highway Patrol.

Investigators said Douglas Krane of Fort Lauderdale was driving to Palm Beach Gardens with his wife and newborn daughter in the car around 8:36 p.m.

Wilkerson, who then lived in Delray Beach according to FHP, was also traveling north on I-95 when she attempted to change lanes.

FHP said Wilkerson hit Krane’s car in the rear on the right side, causing his car to rotate clockwise, crossing the Congress Avenue exit ramp and crashing into the concrete barrier wall.

Krane’s wife, Jennifer Krane, died from injuries she sustained when the car hit the wall.

Investigators say Wilkerson was driving erratically, and she was cited for making an improper lane change.

FHP said no drugs or alcohol were involved in the accident.

Wilkerson will face three counts of attempted first-degree murder after she was pulled from her sinking van by good Samaritans in Daytona Beach who rescued the children.

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Ebony Wilkerson: Woman who drove van into surf cited in 2007 fatal I-95 Delray …

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – The South Carolina woman who Daytona Beach police say drove her van into the ocean earlier this week with her children inside is linked to a fatal 2007 wreck in Delray Beach.

Ebony Wilkerson, 32, made national headlines after driving the van into the surf with her three children inside the vehicle.

On Feb. 23, 2007, a wreck occurred in the northbound lanes of Interstate 95 near the Congress Avenue exit, according the Florida Highway Patrol.

Investigators said that Douglas Krane of Fort Lauderdale was driving to Palm Beach Gardens with his wife and newborn daughter in the car around 8:36 p.m.

Wilkerson, who then lived in Delray Beach according to FHP, was also traveling north on I-95 when she attempted to change lanes.

FHP said Wilkerson hit Krane’s car in the rear on the right side, causing his car to rotate clockwise, crossing the Congress Avenue exit ramp and crashing into the concrete barrier wall.

Krane’s wife, Jennifer Krane, died from injuries she sustained when the car hit the wall.

Investigators say Wilkerson was driving erratically, and she was cited for making an improper lane change.

FHP said no drugs or alcohol were involved in the accident.

Wilkerson will face three counts of attempted first-degree murder after she was pulled from her sinking van by good Samaritans in Daytona Beach Tuesday who rescued the children.

Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson says Wilkerson has denied trying to harm her children, but her children told investigators otherwise.

Johnson says the windows were rolled up and the doors were locked. He says one of the children tried to wrestle the steering wheel away.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

Waving cyclist hit by car in Delray, police say – Sun

A Delray Beach bicyclist waving at a driver he thought was a friend realized otherwise when the man in the car plowed into him and kept on driving, according to a Delray Beach police arrest report.

Ronald Mills, 58, told police he was riding his blue Mongoose mountain bike south down South Ocean Boulevard around 7:30 a.m. Feb. 26.

When he got to the intersection of Lewis Cove Road, he thought 59-year-old Carl Vicars Smith, who was driving east in a white Mercedes-Benz convertible, was a friend. So he waved.

Mills told police Smith blew through the stop sign and the car’s front bumper hit his rear tire, throwing him off the bike into a grassy median.

The crash damaged the bike and caused a minor back injury for Mills, according to the report.

Instead of stopping to help, Mills told police Smith drove away south on Ocean Boulevard.

Police collected pieces of a chrome license plate cover and talked with some of the residents of the approximately 10 homes on Lewis Cove Road. They said Smith has a similar car but his driveway was empty.

Officers returned to the home on Monday to find a Mercedes with Virginia plates and a damaged front license plate cover in the driveway. They knocked on the door at 10 a.m.

“I could hear noises coming from inside the residence but nobody answered the door,” the officer wrote in the report.

Smith’s freedom came to an end on Tuesday when an officer said he saw Smith run a stop sign at the same intersection where the crash occured. He was arrested and charged with the hit and run shortly after.

Smith is being held in Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $3,000 bail.

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Reports of crashes, but no delays so far

Florida Highway Patrol troopers are working a single-vehicle crash that occurred this afternoon on southbound Interstate 95 near Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach.

The crash is not causing any delays, a dispatcher for FHP said.

Motorists traveling in that direction are asked to use caution because of tire debris in the right lane near Linton Boulevard.

Emergency crews are also working a northbound crash on Florida’s Turnpike just south of the Lake Worth Road exit. There are no reports of road blocks in that area.

The weather forecast calls for a slight chance of showers with the rain chances diminishing through the evening hours.

8 injured in 2 crashes on I-95 in Delray Beach

Delray Beach Fire-Rescue responded to a three vehicle collision on I-95 northbound, north of Linton Blvd. on Saturday night at 11:11pm.

Six patients were injured in that accident, four of them were transported to the hospital for treatment.

Two of those patients were children.

All four patients were in stable condition when transported from the scene.

After DBFR units cleared the scene, they were called back nine minutes later for another collision in the same area.

Two vehicles collided parallel to the first crash in the open travel lanes.

Two stable patients were transported to the hospital.

The FHP is investigating both crashes.

Multiple car crashes send six to hospital late Saturday

A multiple car crash on I-95 Saturday night in Delray Beach injured six people, four of whom were hurt seriously enough to go to the hospital, and was followed almost immediately by a second crash that had rescuers returning to the scene.

Two people were injured in the second crash and taken to the hospital in stable condition.

According to Delray Beach Fire Rescue, the first crash happened at 11:11 p.m. in the northbound lanes of I-95 near Linton Boulevard. Of the four people taken to the hospital in stable condition, two were children.

After the first accident was cleared, fire rescue units were called back to the scene nine minutes later for another crash involving two vehicles. It appears one vehicle crashed into the back of the other vehicle, said Capt. Kevin Saxton, public information officer for Delray Beach Fire Rescue.

The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the accidents.

Six injured in I-95 crashes in Delray Beach – Sun

A total of six people, including two children, were injured late Saturday in a pair of crashes that snarled traffic on Interstate 95 near Linton Boulevard, according to Delray Beach Fire Rescue.

The first crash happened at 11:11 p.m. and involved three vehicles in the northbound lane, according to Fire Rescue Capt. Kevin Saxton. Four of the six people in the vehicles, including two children, were transported to a local hospital for evaluation, he said.

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Nine minutes after Fire Rescue cleared the scene they were called back to the same location because of a two-vehicle crash in the northbound travel lanes that remain opened, Saxton said. One vehicle appeared to have run into the rear of another, he said.

Two people from one vehicle involved in that second collision were transported to the hospital, he said.

The crashes are being investigated by the Florida High Patrol, Saxton said.