The Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office confirms six people are dead after a crash involving a minor potentially driving under the influence in Palm Beach County Thursday night.
Deputies said the 17-year-old was speeding on US-441 at Atlantic Avenue in West Delray Beach when he rear-ended another vehicle with six people inside.
Deputies report the deadly accident happened at about 11 p.m. when the teen’s vehicle hit the rear of another vehicle, turned toward the outside shoulder and came to a stop.
After being rear-ended, the other vehicle swerved and began flipping before landing upside down in the center median, according deputies.
Officials say, five people inside the vehicle that flipped were pronounced dead at the scene and a sixth victim was later pronounced dead at Delray Beach medical center.
Not all of the people inside the vehicle that was hit were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash, officials said.
Names of the dead have not been released. They are identified as two males, two females, and two unidentified.
The teenage driver who caused the crash, suffered minor injuries in the crash.
Despite investigators believing that the teen was under the influence of both drugs and alcohol, the teen’s parents told reporters that he was with them all night until about 30 minutes before the crash. They also reported that no alcohol was consumed when they were together.
This is a text provided by PBSO:
“A BMW M5 driven by the Wellington teen was traveling northbound in the 14000 block of South State Road 7, at a high rate of speed, within the inside lane of travel. A Nissan Rogue was traveling ahead of the BMW in the 14073 block of South State Road 7, within the inside lane of travel. As the Rogue continued northbound, the BMW overtook and collided with the Rogue. During the collision, the front of the BMW impacted the rear of the Rogue.
Immediately after impact, the BMW was redirected to the northeast (while rotating clockwise) over the outside lane of travel, and onto the eastern shoulder of South State Road 7 where it came to final rest facing east.
Immediately after impact, the Rogue was redirected to the northwest (while rotating clockwise) of the inside of the roadway and into the center median. As the Rogue traveled down into the grass and dirt center median, it began flipping and rolling over before coming to final rest (upside down) within the center median facing northwest.