Gary David Myers struck 12-year-old Rachel E. Bahr in a Lake Worth, Florida pedestrian accident on Friday, sources indicates. Bahr was crossing an intersection when she was reportedly struck by Myers's car. Bahr was taken to the Delray Medical Center; her condition was listed as critical following the accident. It is currently unclear whether Myers, 46, was at fault, and, if so, whether charges will be filed. It is also unclear whether the victim's family will file for damages.
According to reports, the accident occurred at the intersection of Smith Farm Boulevard and Celebration Drive. Both of these streets have four lanes separated by a grassy median. The intersection is a two-way with stop signs on Celebration drive. It is unclear whether this intersection is prone to crashes.
The accident occurred around 4:45 Friday evening as Bahr crossed Smith Farm Boulevard from the western side of the street. Judging by the time of the crash, the victim may have been walking home from school. Myers's Toyota Prius was heading southbound through the intersection when he struck Bahr, reports say. It appears as though Myers remained at the scene following the accident.
Palm Beach County rescue teams arrived at the crash scene and rushed Bahr to the Delray Medical Center. Physicians at the hospital say the collision critically injured Bahr; her status remained critical through the weekend and early Monday morning. It is currently unclear who was at fault in the collision. An investigation is ongoing; it is unclear whether police will file charges.
Bahr was not the only Lake Worth child injured in a car crash this past week. Another crash in Lake Worth sent a child to the Bethesda Memorial Hospital Monday, reports say. The child, whose age and name were not immediately available, sustained minor injuries. An investigation is ongoing; no charges have yet been filed.
Reports say the accident occurred at the intersection of North J Street and Eighth Avenue North. Both streets have two lanes and converge as a two-way with stop signs on Eight Avenue. The accident happened at about 4:30 as the child attempted to cross the intersection. It is also unclear what make and model the car was that struck the child, nor is it known whether the driver is cooperating with the investigation.
Paramedics arrived on the scene and rushed the child to the Bethesda Memorial Hospital in Boynton Beach. Reports say the child sustained minor injuries. The FHP is still working to determine whether distraction, impairment, or some other factor may have played a part in the crash.
Intersections are some of the most active areas for vehicle-related accidents. According to accident records, 43% of all vehicle accidents in the United States occur at intersections or are intersection related; 21% of all fatal crashes occur at intersections. In 2009, intersection-related accidents produced 7,043 fatalities, records show. Records also show that 91% of intersection-related accidents occur in dry weather, eliminating the possibility of blaming slippery roads. Navigating intersections can be dangerous, especially for distracted or speeding drivers. Pedestrians are the most at risk for fatality or serious injury in intersection accidents.