Jessica Williams of Palm Springs, Florida Crashes Into, Kills Ben Perez

April 4, 2012

By Elaina Robbins on April 4, 2012 10:40 AM |

Jessica Williams of Palm Springs, Florida allegedly killed Ben Perez, a wheelchair-ridden man, in a car accident on March 23. The 80-year-old, who was reportedly trying to cross the street when the incident occurred, was pronounced dead at Delray Medical Center shortly after the accident. Charges have not been filed pending a car accident investigation by the Palm Beach Sheriff's office. Williams, 22, was not injured in the accident. It is not clear whether she has retained a private criminal defense attorney to fight possible charges.

According to the accident report, the crash occurred at approximately 6:25 p.m. at the intersection of Purdy Lane and Ardell Way. Perez was reportedly sitting in his power chair near the road, attempting to cross Ardell Way. It is not clear what the traffic lights and pedestrian signals indicated at the time of the crash. Traffic was apparently backed up because of rush hour.

Witnesses say that woman driving a 2005 Ford Expedition turned out of a business parking lot and went through a gap in between stopped cars waiting for the light in an attempt to go north on Ardell Way. However Williams, who is from Palm Springs, was unable to see Perez on the sidewalk because of backed up traffic. The front of her vehicle struck Perez, knocking him out of his power chair and to the ground. He later died from his injuries, which are suspected to have included head trauma. It is not known whether Williams has any other traffic accidents on record.

Meanwhile, a man who survived a hit-and-run car accident in Miami apparently responded by fighting off officers who tried to come to his aid. The incident reportedly began at about 5:40 a.m. on Saturday near the 1800 block of Bayshore Drive, when the man, whose name and age have not been released, was hit by a yellow taxi cab. The taxi driver fled the scene without stopping, and police have asked for the public to come forward with relevant information.

According to officers, they received several emergency calls indicating that someone had been hit by a taxi cab in the area. When they responded to the calls, the taxi had fled and the victim of the accident was found was half naked and bleeding in the street. However, when police officers attempted to go to his aid, he allegedly started arguing with the officers for an unknown reason. He then began to physically fight with the officers. The man was eventually subdued, but the fight reportedly involved 10 Miami police officers, all of whom were exposed to the man's blood.

The man, once subdued, was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center for treatment. He injuries were classified as critical. Three police officers also went to the hospital for treatment for injuries received during the fight with the victim. One officer suffered a fractured arm in the altercation.

Tests are underway to make sure that the victim's blood does not contain any communicable diseases. It is not clear whether charges have been filed against him for attacking police officers. Normally, attacking a police officer is a felony violation.