Crane accident kills a man in Palm Beach

PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX)– A large crane truck ran over and killed a man Tuesday morning in Palm Beach, closing South County Road at Royal Palm Way.

Police say after hitting and killing the pedestrian the crane continued for about a mile because the driver didn’t realize a person was struck.

The crane was heading east on Royal Palm and turning south on South County Road when the incident occurred. It ended up stopping on Jungle Road.

Keith Nardone, who saw the scene unfold, said he frantically beeped his horn and tried to get the driver’s attention. “The next thing I know I saw the little man fall underneath the truck, in the middle of the truck not in front of the truck, but he fell under the truck and I see him holding on and the truck was dragging him and I tried to toot my horn and make the guy stop.”

Police say the driver, Christopher Geroda of Royal Palm Beach, is cooperating with them.

The crane is owned by Beyel Crane and Rigging. Geroda’s co-workers say he has been with the company more than twenty years and is extremely distraught.

Geroda has seen a grief counselor and has not been charged.

Police identified the victim as 68-year-old James Brennan of West Palm Beach.

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3-year-old boy nearly drowns in pool Sunday afternoon in Royal Palm Beach

ROYAL PALM BEACH, Fla. – A 3-year-old boy was taken to Palms West Hospital Sunday afternoon for follow-up treatment after nearly drowning in the pool, said Captain Albert Borroto, spokesman for Palm Beach County Fire Rescue.

Rescue crews responded to reports of a drowning around 3:00 p.m. in the 100 block of Meadowlands Drive in Royal Palm Beach, said Borroto.

When they arrived, the boy had already been pulled from the water, Borroto said.

Only couple snags in morning commute from Boca to Vero

The roads are wet this morning and the rain will continue to fall all day. Only a couple snags on Interstate 95, turnpike so far.

FHP reports:

SB I95 north of Congress Ave. near Boca Raton. Crash. No roadblock

NB I95 north of Southern Blvd. Crash

Earlier, a child on a bike was hit by a minivan or SUV in the 100 block of Crestwood Boulevard in Royal Palm Beach this morning. Palm Beach County Fire Rescue crews examined the child and determined the injuries didn’t require a trip to the hospital, fire rescue spokesman Capt. Albert Borroto reports.

The crash happened at 7:33 a.m.

Man dies before finding his missing daughter

By Dan Corcoran

ROYAL PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) – Carol DeVoid is crying for many reasons. She just lost her brother, Michael Bergeron, to a heart attack.

“He died from a broken heart, my brother,” said DeVoid. “He was consumed.”

The Royal Palm Beach man passed away before being able complete the mission of a lifetime to find his young daughter, Ami. 

Bergeron, who was 59, claimed the little girl had been abducted by her mother and taken out of the country. “He thought that they were just going for a visit, and they never came back,” said DeVoid.

Bergeron’s struggles were publicized years ago. He had said in August of 2009 that his wife told him she was fed up with the United States and wanted to back to her native Peru with their daughter.

After that, Bergeron’s Royal Palm Beach home became a library of photographs of what once was – and also what he hoped could be. Piles of government documents showed his unsuccessful attempts to find and reunite with Ami. “I don’t think people are aware of any of this unless your family is actually going through this,” said DeVoid.

Marianne Malky, of the non-profit organization Voice For The Children, had been trying to help Michael for years. “Everybody thinks that if you have a parentally abducted child, you call the police, and they are going to search for them,” said Malky. “It’s up to you to find your own child.”

Before he died, Bergeron tried to hire an international lawyer to take the case, but it was too expensive. Bergeron also feared that he could be arrested for abduction if he went to Peru to find Ami himself.

DeVoid now longs for her niece, she grieves for her brother and she still holds much anger for the woman who, she says, changed the course of so many lives forever. “She did not have the right to tear that child from my brother and our family,” she said.

Bergeron’s family says they are not sure what they will do next to bring Ami home, but that they certainly are not giving up.

Soon they plan to spread his bury his ashes with other family in New England.

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Remembering family killed in plane crash

 FORT PIERCE, FL (WFLX)–  Longtime employees and patients at Dr. Michael Huber’s Fort Pierce dental office were grieving Tuesday with a black wreath on the front door.

“It’s been very difficult for us to tell the patients ‘I’m sorry but Dr. Huber and his children have perished in a plane accident.’ They are all very upset,” Office Manager Jenny Heller said.

Dr. Hubert and his daughters Abby and Tess were killed when their Cessna went down in Jacksonville on Sunday.

Huber was flying his older daughter back to college at the University of North Florida.

Heller has worked for Dr. Huber for thirty years and started out with him when he became a dentist.

He is more like a family member to her than a boss.

“It is hard to be here because I still see him in every room. You walk by and you can see him laugh. You can see him talking with the patients,” Heller said.

Heller babysat Dr. Huber’s daughters when they were young. She says they were inseparable and their Dad was always by their side.

“I think that the three of them going together may have been a blessing. They would not survive without each other. It would be like breaking off a part of your body or something,” Heller said.

Patients came to the office on Tuesday to leave flowers and grieve with the staff.

“He was such a great person. He was smiling all the time and making jokes and whistling. We’re all going to miss him a lot,” longtime patient Eunice Lewis said.

Friends say Huber has been flying for over a decade and made the flight to Jacksonville hundreds of times.

The NTSB is investigating the cause of the crash Sunday night.

As for Dr. Huber’s dental practice, staff says nearby dentists have been filling in to help with emergencies. They say they still aren’t sure who will take over the practice permanently.

Clock ticking to save Royal Palm child’s sight

ROYAL PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) – The frustration on 18-month-old Giulliana Colamarco’s face shines through every time she realizes something is missing.

“When she started to walk she would fall down or hit the walls,” said her mother, Patricia Colamarco .

It’s hard to say how much Giulliana sees out of her right eye which is badly crossed.  “I cry a lot because I see my child suffering.”

If Giulliana’s esotropia isn’t cured by Christmas, her vision could be beyond repair.  The Royal Palm Beach residents are undocumented immigrants from Ecuador.

They have no health insurance and her husband’s job cleaning hotels doesn’t pay enough for them to afford the $2,500 surgery.  “It’s enough only to eat and to live,” said Colamarco.

Although Dr. Jeffrey Perlman has volunteered through the Caridad Center to do the surgery, they still don’t have the money for the anesthesiologist.

He says Giulliana’s situation shows access to care for so many, is woefully lacking. “The clock is ticking,” said Dr. Perlman . “These children need the attention at this age to fix this problem.”

Because of their immigrant status in the United States, Patricia says her family was afraid to come forward to ask for help.  But she has faith the right person will hear her call. “I am afraid I might get in trouble,” said Colamarco. “I know that somebody will help us.” 

Her daughter’s sight depends on it.

Anyone willing to help can call the Caridad Center at 855-664-8214.

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Accident claims life of a motorcyclist

Investigators say that the driver lost control.

The unidentified man overturned his motorcycle and was ejected, according to deputies.

Deputies say that the driver died at the scene.

Investigators say that alcohol is considered a factor in the accident.

Toxicological testing will be performed.

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Woman charged in stabbing near Publix

ROYAL PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) – A Royal Palm Beach woman is facing domestic aggravated battery charges in connection with a stabbing near a Publix on Wednesday.

The incident occurred at the Publix Plaza located at 1180 Royal Palm Beach Blvd. around 2:30 p.m.

Deputies from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office say that when they arrived they found a woman, identified as Alexandria Thomas, hysterically crying on a cell phone.

Investigators say that nearby was a man on the ground with stab wounds.  Deputies asked Thomas who stabbed him and she answered “I did”.

According to an arrest report, Thomas told deputies that she was walking with her boyfriend when they began arguing.

Investigators said Thomas told them that she just wanted him to leave her alone.

According to deputies, she pulled a knife out of her purse during the dispute and stabbed her boyfriend in the chest area.

PBSO says that Thomas was the primary aggressor in the fight.

Thomas was also wanted on a warrant for a retail theft earlier this year.

The victim was flown to St. Mary’s Medical center in critical condition.

Thomas was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail.

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Woman stabs man in Royal Palm Beach

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Man stabbed at Publix by girlfriend

ROYAL PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) – A man was stabbed by his girlfriend after an argument at a Publix in Royal Palm Beach on Wednesday afternoon, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

At 2:28 p.m., rescue crews arrived at the 1100 block of Royal Palm Beach Boulevard and found the victim.

The man was transported to St. Mary’s Medical Center by Trauma Hawk for treatment for non-life-threatening injuries.

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