Missing motorcyclist found dead from crash

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL (WFLX) – A missing motorcyclist has been found dead in Port St. Lucie.

Port St. Lucie police began searching for 18-year-old Vlad Kirik after his parents reported he had been missing since Friday night.

They told investigators that he was on his way to meet with a friend.

After calls to his phone were not answered, and other attempts to locate him failed, police began a foot search by retracing his possible route to his friend’s house.

A detective searching a wooded area in the 1600 block of SW Abingdon Avenue found a motorcycle helmet, according to police. Investigators then found Kirik and his motorcycle in the woods.

They believe he failed to negotiate a curve near SW Import Drive and hit a tree and the impact killed him.

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Wife of Juno Beach jogger killed by driver still in critical condition, police say

The husband and wife who were jogging in Juno Beach last week when they were hit by a car, killing the husband, have been identified as Clifford Davis, 58, and Deborah Morton-Hengen, 60.

Morton-Hengen remains in critical but stable condition, according to a statement released Monday by Juno Beach Police. Davis died after he and his wife were flown to St. Mary’s Medical Center.

The driver of the Chevy that hit the couple was identified by police as Albert Michaluk, 73. Police said last week he will not face criminal charges but could be cited for traffic violations.

All three involved were from the Sea Oats townhome community off Donald Ross Road.

The crash happened Thursday around 5:50 p.m. at Donald Ross Road and U.S. Highway 1. Police believe Michaluk was traveling south on U.S. 1 and stopped at the traffic signal at Donald Ross Road. The joggers ran out in the road and Michaluk started traveling forward, possibly to make a right turn on the red light.

Michaluk likely startled the joggers, and the man put his hand out to stop the Chevy. However, Michaluk continued forward, hitting the couple, Juno Beach Police Chief Brian Smith said.

On Friday, Smith said Michaluk likely will not face criminal charges. Juno Beach Police Lt. John Shaver on Monday said Jupiter Police’s traffic homicide unit is working to determine if Michaluk will be cited.

“Unfortunately, it’s just a horrible accident,” Smith told the Post Friday.

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Man killed, woman injured while jogging in Juno Beach


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JUNO BEACH, Florida — A man who was hit by a car while jogging with his wife in Juno Beach has died.

Juno Beach Police Chief Brian Smith told The Palm Beach Post (http://bit.ly/1go5lHP ) the driver won’t be criminally charged in the Thursday evening crash. He called it a tragic accident.

Police say the car was stopped at a light on U.S. 1. As the joggers ran into the road, the car pulled forward, likely to make a right turn on red.

Smith says the driver likely startled the joggers. The man put out his hand to ask the driver to stop, but it continued forward.

The victims were taken to the hospital. He died and she’s in critical condition.

Police say the driver and the couple lived in the same complex.

Juno police say driver won’t be charged in wreck in which man died, woman …

The woman was beneath the Chevy and her husband lying in the road nearby as Mereci Vega and a group of others rushed to help them Thursday night.

Several men — members of a running club out for an evening workout — lifted the car off the ground at Donald Ross Road and U.S. 1, where it had struck the married couple as they jogged. Vega and another person moved the woman from beneath it.

The man was speaking and moving, and asking whether his wife was OK.

“I could see him talking to people,” Vega told the Post on Friday afternoon. “I thought he was fine.”

That swiftly changed. Both the man and woman were flown to St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach. The man later died, and the woman was in critical condition Friday, town Police Chief Brian Smith said.

“I don’t even know them, and my heart is breaking,” said Linda Neary, a triathlete and marathon runner who owns the Tri Bike Run store at the intersection.

As of Friday evening, Juno Beach police had not released the names of either the couple or the driver, but said it appears the three lived in the Sea Oats townhome community on Donald Ross, less than a mile west from the crash scene.

The driver won’t be facing charges, Smith said. And police do not believe the use of alcohol or drugs was involved in the wreck.

“Unfortunately, it’s just a horrible accident,” Smith said.

The crash happened around 5:50 p.m. Police believe the Chevy was traveling south on U.S. 1 and stopped at the traffic signal at Donald Ross Road. The joggers ran out in the road and the Chevy started traveling forward, possibly to make a right turn on the red light.

The Chevy driver likely startled the joggers, and the man put his hand out to stop the Chevy. However, the Chevy continued forward, hitting the couple, Smith said.

The area — a block from State Road A1A and the beach — is popular with runners and cyclists, but Neary said she’s had close calls at the intersection. She said many drivers are looking at oncoming traffic to see if they can make the right on red but aren’t looking at their complete surroundings.

“It’s a big problem,” she said.

Mark Sudak, 44, is part of the Fun Runners group that helped lift the Chevy off the woman. He said he also has had “close calls” at the intersection.

“They take the right on red and don’t look,” he said.

Vega, a West Palm Beach resident, said she and the others helping the couple were more worried at the scene about the woman, who was breathing but unconscious, than her husband.

She was upset to hear the man died, but was glad to hear her efforts helped the woman.

“I’m so glad. I couldn’t stop praying for her,” said Vega, who also frequents the intersection while running. “It could have been any of us.”

Jogger dies, one critical after being hit by car in Juno Beach

Story by Chuck Weber / CBS 12 NEWS

JUNO BEACH, Fla — Last night, bystanders found a man laying in the road, and a woman trapped underneath a car.

The scene was tragic.

Witnesses say joggers were trying to cross the busy intersection of US-1 and Donald Ross Road when they were struck by a vehicle.
 
According to police, the man has died from his injuries. The woman in critical condition. 

Their names have not been release, pending next of kin notification.

“My mom had called me freaking out, like asking me, ‘Are you okay.’” said Daniel Byrd, who lives nearby.
 
He had walked to a business at the intersection. “And this intersection gets very, very busy at times.”
 
Especially this time of year with more winter visitors.

“Because the hotels and all the commododity of restaurants, like they’re just all over the place.  And the traffic is just nuts. People flying in and out.”
 
And the crash happened late afternoon, early evening during rush hour. Drivers say traffic on US-1 regularly backs up and drivers and people walking often try to beat the lights..  and crossing signals.

“And it causes a lot of accidents, a lot of bad things around here to happen.”

Still a lot is unknown about the crash but the investigation by Juno Beach and Jupiter Police Departments is still on-going.  The agencies are releasing few details about how this happened.
Jogger dies, one critical after being hit by car in Juno Beach

Jogger hit, killed by car in Juno Beach

JUNO BEACH, FL (WFLX) – One person has died after a vehicle struck two pedestrians in Juno Beach Thursday.

According to Juno Beach Police, the collision happened at Donald Ross Road and U.S. Highway 1 just before 6 p.m.

Trauma
Hawk responded and the injured were flown to St. Mary’s Medical Center
where an unidentified male victim died. The second victim, a woman, is
listed in critical but stable condition.

Juno Beach police are investigating the accident along with the Jupiter Police Department Traffic Homicide Unit.

Investigators have not released the names of those involved in the incident.

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One person has died after a vehicle struck two pedestrians in Juno Beach

Juno Beach Police are not releasing the names of a husband and wife hit by a car at the intersection of US 1 and Donald Ross Road Thursday night.

Police say the male involved did not survive and the female is in critical condition at St. Mary’s Medical Center.

According to the Palm Beach Post, the Juno Beach Police Chief says the driver involved will not be charged because the situation is an accident.

A running group was about to start its Thursday night ritual when they heard the crash.

“I saw everyone running into the intersection and I knew something was going on so I ran out there,” Mereci Vega said.

Vega says she ran to the car where the female jogger was trapped underneath.

“I still can’t conceive in my mind…seeing someone trapped under a car,” Vega said.

A group of men picked up the car while Vega and another woman pulled the female victim out from underneath it.

“The car was completely lifted up while we were pulling her out. We were a little bit under the car trying to get her out. They did a good job and held the car up until we completely got her out,” Vega said.

While that was happening, a different group of people was with the husband.

“I was trying to figure out what was going on with him and if he had a pulse. He just kept asking me ‘where is my wife, where is my wife?’ ” Bryan Westervelt said.

Westervelt is a server at Juno Beach Fish House and also an EMT.

Vega doesn’t give herself much credit, but says the entire group did what anyone would.

“I think the adrenaline drives you to do the right thing…to be a good Samaritan. After that, I sunk down and started getting shaky about what I saw and what happened,” Vega said.

Vega says her prayers are with the victims’ families.

Juno Beach Police say the investigation is ongoing.
 

Man killed, woman injured while jogging

SATURDAY, Fla. – A fishing tournament took place at Marina Jack on Saturday to help a sick child get through 70 weeks of chemotherapy. Cooper Vollmer is a local two year-old boy recently diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. Cooper’s tumor is on the right and left side of his brain and extends to the top third of his brain stem. Surgery is not an option but 70 weeks of chemotherapy is. Cooper is currently ten weeks into his chemotherapy treatment. One-hundred-percent of Saturday’s entry fees from the fishing event went to help Cooper get through his chemotherapy. In addition Marina Jack matched the money amount raised to double the donation amount. More than 50 fishing vessels participated in Saturday’s tournament. Two year old Cooper’s mother, Tina Vollmer, said she is so grateful for the support. Vollmer said “I would just like to thank everybody that came out and supported us, everyone that came out to fish and to meet Cooper, it just means so much to us to have everyone loving our Cooper. Our friends, family and community have been so amazing, they have gotten right behind us and have given us the strength to push through the next 60 weeks.” A local support group for Cooper refer to themselves as ‘Team Coop’.

Man killed, woman injured while jogging

Juno Beach Police Chief Brian Smith told The Palm Beach Post (http://bit.ly/1go5lHP ) the driver won’t be criminally charged in the Thursday evening crash. He called it a tragic accident.

Police say the car was stopped at a light on U.S. 1. As the joggers ran into the road, the car pulled forward, likely to make a right turn on red.

Smith says the driver likely startled the joggers. The man put out his hand to ask the driver to stop, but it continued forward.

The victims were taken to the hospital. He died and she’s in critical condition.

Police say the driver and the couple lived in the same complex.

Man killed, woman injured while jogging

— A man who was hit by a car while jogging with his wife in Juno Beach has died.

Juno Beach Police Chief Brian Smith told The Palm Beach Post (http://bit.ly/1go5lHP ) the driver won’t be criminally charged in the Thursday evening crash. He called it a tragic accident.

Police say the car was stopped at a light on U.S. 1. As the joggers ran into the road, the car pulled forward, likely to make a right turn on red.

Smith says the driver likely startled the joggers. The man put out his hand to ask the driver to stop, but it continued forward.

The victims were taken to the hospital. He died and she’s in critical condition.

Police say the driver and the couple lived in the same complex.