Palm Beach News
Palm Beach, Fl. – Four died, including two teenagers, in the Palm Beach Gardens car accident and others seriously injured
Police say a driver rammed into another vehicle Friday afternoon at the Palm Beach Gardens intersection, killing two teenagers and two adults.
According to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, the 17-year-old driver who caused the accident is said to be in critical condition.
The police report said there were three teens aboard the 2019 Nissan Rogue – two in front, one behind – “recklessly” headed north on Beeline Highway near the intersection of PGA Boulevard when the driver ran a red light. The accident happened at 4:09 am.
The Rogue hit head-on on the left side of a 2010 Nissan Xterra which was turning south onto the Beeline from PGA Boulevard. The Xterra spun out of control clockwise, overturned, and ejected its driver, Elizabeth Anderson, into the grass median. Both Anderson and her passenger, George Nienhouse, were pronounced dead at the scene. Their ages were not provided.
The report said the officer who arrived at the scene noted that Rogue’s 17-year-old driver, Christopher Garrett Jr., was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The passenger who was sitting in the front seat, 14-year-old Jayoni Leonard, was also pronounced dead at the scene.
In the back seat, Garrett Jr. and 17-year-old Alexia Simpson were taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center, where Simpson was pronounced dead.
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FLORIDA – With the new variant of COVID 19 known as B.1.1.7, England confirmed the first identity while it is reported to be spreading quickly through the Sunshine state from the Panhandle to South Florida. The new variant is referred by the government health officials to become the dominant strain by March.
While Florida and California were confirmed to have 92 cases each on Wednesday night by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 26 other states have detected the variant.
With most cases reported from Florida, 28 in Broward, 23 in Miami-Dade, and 9 in Palm Beach according to USA TODAY NETWORK FLORIDA. A cluster of other cases was also reported from counties as Hillsborough (7), Pinellas (4), Escambia (1), and Charlotte (1).
Florida being the national leader in sequencing variants for the virus, several 3470 COVID-19 specimens have been sequenced in Florida as of Jan. 19 while the Department of Health spokesman confirmed that 200 more samples are to be sequenced per week.
Dr.Cindi Prins, assistant dean for educational affairs and clinical associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Florida stated that although sequencing wasn’t the norm in the U.S, it was happening in Florida and with various places with the Department of health which led to more cases being discovered in Florida.
A Martin County man of 27, with no travel history, was the first case of B.1.1.7 to be identified in Florida in late December. Although Prins stated that it may have been a single introduction from the U.K. and spread through Florida, a recent online study in a not yet peer-reviewed forum mentioned the variant to have been existed since two months before it was first detected.
“The expectation is that it is more infectious and push out other variants as it’s more transmissible,” said Prins. She also added that there’s a high tendency to experience more deaths with the increased number of infected people.
BOYNTON BEACH, FLORIDA: As per the recently released reports, a plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off Palm Beach County.
The reports say Piper 28 aircraft was found near Boynton Beach Inlet. The crew members are making search efforts for searching the 24-year-old pilot.
At around 8 p.m. Sunday, officials received a call regarding the Piper PA-28 Cherokee plane.
Records show the plane was flying from Palm Beach County Park Airport to Merritt Island Airport.
“The person who called in the report said the plane was sinking,” said Petty Officer Jose Hernandez, a public affairs officer with the U.S. Coast Guard 7th District Southeast office in Miami.
The detailed information is not available at the moment.