Speed a likely factor in two fatal West Palm Beach car accidents

A 54-year-old man was killed in a West Palm Beach car accident that critically injured his 14-year-old daughter, the Palm Beach Post reported.

Witnesses said at least one vehicle fled the scene and may have been street racing, leading to the serious injury and death of innocent motorists traveling through the intersection.

The multiple-vehicle accident occurred at about 4 p.m. Thursday at Melaleuca Lane and Jog Road. Two other drivers were also hospitalized. An 18-year-old Lake Worth resident was taken to JFK Medical Center with serious injuries, while a 51-year-old West Palm Beach woman was transported to Wellington Regional Medical Center.

The intersection was shut down for several hours.

An unknown vehicle reportedly turned left in front of a gray Mitsubishi, causing it to lose control and cross the median, where it struck a Ford Expedition carrying the father and daughter, before crashing into a Toyota, police reported.

It was the second deadly West Palm Beach accident to occur in recent days, in which a speeding vehicle may have been a factor. On April 9, a 19-year-old crashed his Ford Mustang into a utility pole in front of the West Palm Beach Country Club. The accident broke the neck of a 21-year-old passenger, who was ejected from the rear seat. A 16-year-old girl in the front seat was killed. Friends at the scene reported the car’s speedometer registered 110 mph.

The Palm Beach Post reported that a 2007 court ruling could allow prosecutors to pursue criminal charges based on the speed of a crash, even if no other aggravating factors are present.