14-Year-Old Oakland Park Girl Dies in Boynton Beach Car Crash Involving Broward County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Vehicle
Friends and relatives of 14-year-old Cara Catlin are mourning her death. The Oakland Park girl died on Saturday night when she was thrown from a Honda Civic and landed under a stopped pickup truck during a collision with a Broward County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Car in Boynton Beach. 21-year-old Heather Meyer, who is Catlin’s stepsister, was driving the Honda. She and passenger Gabriel Alegria, 15, were also injured during the Palm Beach County car accident. Broward County police officer Frank McCurrie sustained minor injuries.
The deadly Boynton Beach car accident occurred at the intersection of Dixie Highway and Northeast 56th street as Meyer attempted to turn left on a green light and was struck by McCurrie’s police car. The police officer did not have his lights activated or his sirens on at the time, but witnesses say he was speeding. The impact of the collision was strong enough that the back of the Honda separated from the body of the vehicle, landing several feet away.
Police are investigating the cause of the Boynton Beach motor vehicle crash. In the meantime, McCurrie has been placed on desk duty.
Palm Beach County, Florida Car Accidents
Police officers are supposed to exercise caution on the roads even when they are heading to an emergency scene or in the middle of a police pursuit. If you believe that your South Florida car crash happened because a police officer was speeding, failed to activate his emergency lights, or was negligent in another way, you may have grounds for pursuing a Palm Beach injury or wrongful death case against the officer and his/her department.
That said, all motorists are supposed to drive carefully, pay attention, obey the traffic laws, and adjust their driving to accommodate the driving conditions and traffic at any given time. Drunk driving, speeding, texting while driving, using a cell phone while operating a vehicle, driving under the influence of drugs, drowsy driving, distracted driving, failure to obey traffic signs, or failure to yield the right away are careless acts that can cause injury or death during a Florida motor vehicle crash.
Teen dies in crash with Broward patrol car, Miami Herald, January 24, 2010
Family mourns girl killed in crash with Broward deputy, Sun-Sentinel, January 26, 2010
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