Boca Raton FL Two Car Collision Feb 1996



Five people were killed and six others were injured when a car that spun out of control west of Boca Raton late Friday night was hit by another car coming from the opposite direction. Three of the dead were teen-aged girls.
Both cars were filled with passengers, and bodies were thrown around the crash site.
"There were bodies in the grass, here and over there," said witness Emilia Arrington, 29, pointing to both sides of Palmetto Park Road. "They definitely did not walk out of the car."
The roadway just north of the Broward County line was strewn with wreckage.
"There was glass and people everywhere," said another witness, Tom Jones, 17, of Boynton Beach.
The accident occurred shortly after 10 p.m. on Palmetto Park Road at Boca Rio Road, just west of Florida's Turnpike.
The three teen-age girls were dead at the scene, police and fire-rescue officials said. Two people who were taken by helicopter to Delray Beach Community Hospital died at the hospital, Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue officials said.
Six other victims were taken by ambulance to local hospitals. Their conditions and identities were not known early today.
Most of the dead and injured were young people, Fire-Rescue spokesman Nigel Baker said.
Palm Beach County Sheriff's Deputy Bill Gray said a Honda Civic heading westbound on Palmetto Park Road hit the median and spun sideways into the path of an eastbound Acura.
Arrington, a waitress at Good Day Sunshine in Mission Bay Plaza, said she was behind the Acura, driving east on Palmetto Park Road.
When the Civic hit the median, Arrington said, sparks were flying. The Civic spun around three times before hitting the Acura, she said.
"I slammed on my brakes," she said.
"I saw glass flying everywhere."
Arrington said she jumped out of her car and tried to stop traffic.
"I was looking for someone to call 911, saying, 'Do you have a phone, do you have a phone?'" she said. "It happened so fast."
State troopers said there were at least five young people in the Civic. It was not known how many were in the Acura.
Witness Frank Pichichero of Lake Worth said one of the first things he saw when he got out of his car at the scene was the body of a woman on the ground, about 30 feet from the wreckage.
Gray said bodies were thrown as far as 100 feet from the wreckage.
Baker said firefighters worked about 15 minutes trying to get another young woman out of one of the cars. She was pinned in the front seat, on the passenger side.
Firefighters had to cut the roof off the car to extract her.
"She was conscious and screaming," Baker said.
The three girls who died at the scene had no identification on them, just cigarettes, money and beepers, a state trooper said.
After police arrived, the beepers went off.
The trooper said it's the time of night when parents are trying to find out where their kids are.

South Florida Sun Sentinel Fort Lauderdale 1996-02-24