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Two killed in explosive crash on Flagler Drive minutes before New Year

Martin County Fire Rescue

(WEST PALM BEACH, FLA) — An explosive crash along Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach killed two people minutes before the new year.

James Negley Cooke IV, 47, and an unidentified passenger, were traveling on South Flagler Drive in a 2022 Lucid Air when he hit a curb near Granada Road.

Cooke lost control of the car, narrowly striking a palm tree and then smashed into a concrete wall at around 11:59 p.m. Saturday at 2305 S. Flagler Drive, according to West Palm Beach police.

The vehicle erupted into flames, leaving Cooke and his passenger dead at the scene.

The 2022 Lucid Air is marketed as having the capacity to go from 0 mph to 60 mph in 2 seconds.

“I’ve been to the Daytona 500, so I know the sound and I know that speed of which someone goes,” Barbara Ricke, who resides near the crash site, told WPTV. “They were going that fast. It was so out of control. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Authorities say speed and aggressive drive factored into the crash. Toxicology reports on both victims are pending.