A fatal car wreck in Palm Beach County has resulted in the tragic loss of five young lives. On early Saturday morning (shortly after midnight), a 2008 Mercedes operated by Jabari Kemp, 21, of Florida City, came off a northbound I-95 exit ramp, ran a red light and slammed directly into a 1994 Lexus on Blue Heron Boulevard in Riviera Beach.
The violent collision resulted in the death of all five individuals in the Lexus. The driver Jason Mahlung, 21, was pronounced dead shortly after the accident at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach. The front seat passenger, Orane Cummings, 22, of Riviera Beach was pronounced dead at the scene as his side of the car took the full brunt of the brutal impact. The three rear passengers, Christina Oliver Joseph, 17, of Riviera Beach, Mikita Cambell, 14, of Riviera Beach and Shonteria Grimsley, 17 of Riviera Beach were all pronounced dead at the scene by first responders. Neither of the three rear passengers wore their seatbelts.
According to witnesses, the Mercedes failed to obey the red light and t-boned the Lexus which never had a chance. Kemp was transported from the scene to a West Palm Beach hospital but remains in stable condition. Criminal charges are forthcoming against Kemp but will wait until a toxicology test for drugs and alcohol is completed. One witness stated that the Mercedes was scene moments before the collision topping 100 milers per hour as it neared 45th Street.
The deadly crash is believed to be the worst motor vehicle accident involving Youth in Palm Beach County since 1996, the Nicholas Copertino incident that resulted in five fatalities.
This is a sad reminder that excessive speed is a very dangerous and willful action that is extremely dangerous and reprehensible. Once can easily avoid such behavior which reflects a callous disregard for the safety of fellow motorists. There is no consequence greater than for the unnecessary loss of life. Saturday night’s incident is both tragic and senseless. Based on the limited facts available, we do not know whether Jabari Kemp was intoxicated or impaired from drugs or alcohol. Further, we have no learned yet whether Kemp was driving distracted at the time of the car wreck. Ultimately, criminal investigators may seek to uncover his cell phone records.
All we know for sure is that this wrongful death accident could have been avoided. A community must now deal with the loss of five very young individuals with the rest of their lives to look forward to.
To learn more about Florida wrongful death law, I invite you to click on our “practice area” tab above. You will find a link to wrongful death. We have put together information relating to the legal consequences and actions at law that remain an action for family members of the deceased. If you should have further questions, do not hesitate to call the injury law attorneys with a prove track record. The Clearwater lawyers of the Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA can be reached at: (727) 451-6900.
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