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4 dead, including 2 teens, in Florida crash caused by 17-year-old, deputies say

Sun Sentinel logoSun Sentinel 8/2/2021 Phillip Valys, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
a police car parked in a parking lot: A 16-year-old Lake Worth Beach boy [Diego Pedro Jose] is charged as an adult with manslaughter for fatally shooting 16-year-old Esteban Gonzalez in the back of the head with a gun he was brandishing in the back seat of a car in Lake Worth Beach, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said. © Wayne K. Roustan A 16-year-old Lake Worth Beach boy [Diego Pedro Jose] is charged as an adult with manslaughter for fatally shooting 16-year-old Esteban Gonzalez in the back of the head with a gun he was brandishing in the back seat of a car in Lake Worth Beach, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said.

Police say two teenagers and two adults are dead after a driver plowed into a second car at a Palm Beach Gardens intersection Friday afternoon.

According to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, the 17-year-old driver who caused the crash is listed in critical condition.

The police report states a 2019 Nissan Rogue with three teenagers aboard — two in the front, one in the rear — was speeding northbound “in a reckless manner” at 4:09 p.m. on Beeline Highway near the intersection of PGA Boulevard when the driver ran a red light.

The Rogue smashed head-on into the left side of a 2010 Nissan Xterra that was turning south from PGA Boulevard onto the Beeline. The Xterra spun out of control clockwise, flipped over and ejected its driver, Elizabeth Anderson, into a grass median.

Both Anderson and her passenger, George Nienhouse, were pronounced dead at the scene. Their ages were not provided.

The report states that an officer who arrived on scene noted that the 17-year-old driver of the Rogue, Christopher Garrett Jr., had been under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

His front-seat passenger, Jay’Oni Leonard, 14, was also pronounced dead at the scene.

Garrett Jr. and his rear-seat passenger, Alexia Simpson, 17, were rushed to St. Mary’s Medical Center, where Simpson was pronounced dead.

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